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Common Sense
a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that criticized monarchies and convinced many American colonists of the need to break away from Britain
Federalist Papers
Series of essays that defended the Constitution and tried to reassure Americans that the states would not be overpowered by the federal government.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
an 1852 novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe written to show the evils of slavery and the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Act
How the Other Half Lives
written on the conditions of tenement life, Jacob Riis, one of the first photojournalism books
Up From Slavery
Booker T. Washington's autobiography; described his struggles throughout his life and became a classic quickly, influencing African Americans as a whole largely for generations to come.
The Octopus
was written by Frank Norris; lives of wheat farmers and the railroad owners attempt to squeeze out the ranchers from the wheat fields in California
The History of the Standard Oil Company
a book written by Ida B. Tarbell, it revealed the abuses committed by the Standard Oil Trust
The Shame of the Cities
Exposed public corruption in many major cities to provoke reform, written by Lincoln Steffens
The Jungle
This 1906 work by Upton Sinclair pointed out the abuses of the meat packing industry. The book led to the passage of the 1906 Meat Inspection Act.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald's look at America and how it loses its moral and social values as it chased money and pleasure in the 1920's
The Grapes of Wrath
The story follows the fortunes of a poor family as they travel from the Dust Bowl region to California. based on the great depression written by John Steinbeck
The Silent Spring
Book published by Rachel Carson that chronicles the author's concerns about pesticides and environmental contamination
Feminine Mystique
Name of the book by Betty Friedan that discussed the frustration of many women in the 1950's and 1960's who felt they were restricted to their roles of mother and homemaker.
Unsafe At Any Speed
A book by Ralph Nader that told of the dangers of automobiles that owners allegedly knew about and were keeping from the people to increase profits.
All the President's Men
nonfiction book written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, based upon their Washington Post investigations, which chronicles President Nixon and the Watergate Scandal
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