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APUSH Important Literature
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
(1906) : intended to be a Socialist tract based on workers' conditions at a meat factory, but people just pay attention to the disgusting conditions; directly leads to tighter regulations for meatpacking and formation of Food and Drug Administration.
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
(1939): a graphic and depressing description of the horrid conditions for "Oakies" trying to escape the dust bowl and settle in California.
Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
(1955), a novel about the American search for purpose in a world dominated by business. basically another anti-conformist novel
Jack Kerouac's On the Road
(1957). Yeah, Beatniks! Hooray for pre-hippie hippies! Hooray for battling against the conformism of 50's culture!
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
(1852), Look how bad slavery is! I'm going to write about how bad slavery is, even though my writing is imbued with racial stereotypes. Oops.
Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward
(1888). In the year 2000, we will all live in a perfectly equal society where everyone is happy. This utopian vision influenced the Knights of Labor.
Frank Norris' The Octopus
(1901). depicts the tension between a corrupt railroad company and the ranchers in the San Joaquin Valley and the ranchers' League. The book emphasized the control of "forces" such as wheat and railroads over individuals. Basically rails against evil trusts.
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
(1962) Harmful effects of DDT on birds (thinning of egg shells); starts the environmental movement.
Michael Harrington's The Other America
(1962) The book that inspires LBJ to create the Great Society: emphasizes the idea is that poverty still exists in the US.
Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique
(1963) Decries the status of American women as housewives in a "comfortable concentration camp." Complains that American women go to college to get an MRS degree (ha-ha!).
Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed
(1965) describes resistance by car manufacturers to the introduction of safety features, like seat belts, and their general reluctance to spend money on improving safety. Basically a big poo-poo ing of the American car industry.
David Riesman's The Lonely Crowd
(1950) Basic idea: The increasing ability to consume goods and afford material abundance was accompanied by a shift away from tradition or inner-directedness. How to define one's self became a function of the way others lived. another one of those 50's non-conformism books.
Ida Tarbell's History of the Standard Oil Company
(1904): A classic muckraking investigation of the evils of the Standard Oil company. Rockefeller attempts to kill her career for this. The book is seen as an example of a new style of meticulous yet mudflinging investigative journalism. It was published in several installments and was extremely popular.
Helen Hunt Jackson's A Century of Dishonor
(1881): A book deploring American treatment of Natives, published just 4 years after the Dawes act had significantly undermined tribal power. Forces Americans to look back at the ugly history of Native-European relations.
Ida Wells' A Red Record
(1894): a one hundred page pamphlet describing lynching in the United States since the Emancipation Proclamation, while also describing blacks' struggles, written by a black civil rights activist. Complains that "ten thousand Negroes have been killed in cold blood."
Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America
(1840), This guy comes from France to study the prison system, and ends up writing all about democracy in the US, and its remarkable successes and potential setbacks. It's an important outside source for historians.
Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives
(1890) One of the first effective photojournalist books. This guy went around the poor tenement homes of NYC workers and documented their horrid living conditions. It blamed the apathy of the rich for these conditions.
WEB Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk
(1903). A book containing several essays on the topic of race in US history. Asserts that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line" and asks blacks "how does it feel to be a problem?"
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