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Books That Shaped America

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New England Primer
by Anonymous

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Call Number:
PE1119.A1 N5 2006
Publication Date:
1803







Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth
by Benjamin Franklin

9781883011536Benjamin Franklin; J. A. Leo Lemay (Editor); Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Staff (Notes by)Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings"Writing has been of Great Use to me in the Course of my Life," Benjamin Franklin said in his famous Autobiography . With characteristically calculated understatement, he attributed his enormous and varied successes to "my having learnt a little to scribble." This Library of America collection of Franklin's works begins with letters sent from London (1757-1775) describing the events and diplomacy preceding the Revolutionary War. The volume also contains political satires, bagatelles, pamphlets, and letters written in Paris (1776-1785), where he represented the revolutionary United States at the court of Louis XVI, as well as his speeches given in the Constitutional Convention and other works written in Philadelphia (1785-1790), including his last published article, a searing satire against slavery. Also included are the delightfully shrewd prefaces to Poor Richard's Almanack (1733-1758) and their worldly, pungent maxims that have entered our American culture. Finally, the classic Autobiography , Franklin's last word on his greatest literary creation--his own invented personality--is presented here in a new edition, completely faithful to Franklin's manuscript. A companion volume includes the complete "Silence Dogood" series, "Busy-Body" essays, and a generous selection of his early writings, including letters to the press, satires, and pamphlets. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E302 .F82 1997
Publication Date:
1758




Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D.
by Benjamin Franklin

9781883011536Benjamin Franklin; J. A. Leo Lemay (Editor); Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Staff (Notes by)Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings"Writing has been of Great Use to me in the Course of my Life," Benjamin Franklin said in his famous Autobiography . With characteristically calculated understatement, he attributed his enormous and varied successes to "my having learnt a little to scribble." This Library of America collection of Franklin's works begins with letters sent from London (1757-1775) describing the events and diplomacy preceding the Revolutionary War. The volume also contains political satires, bagatelles, pamphlets, and letters written in Paris (1776-1785), where he represented the revolutionary United States at the court of Louis XVI, as well as his speeches given in the Constitutional Convention and other works written in Philadelphia (1785-1790), including his last published article, a searing satire against slavery. Also included are the delightfully shrewd prefaces to Poor Richard's Almanack (1733-1758) and their worldly, pungent maxims that have entered our American culture. Finally, the classic Autobiography , Franklin's last word on his greatest literary creation--his own invented personality--is presented here in a new edition, completely faithful to Franklin's manuscript. A companion volume includes the complete "Silence Dogood" series, "Busy-Body" essays, and a generous selection of his early writings, including letters to the press, satires, and pamphlets. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E302 .F82 1997
Publication Date:
1793










Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

9781587260827Frederick DouglassNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Other Writings"I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant." The opening of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass starkly exposes the dehumanizing nature of slavery, its victims prevented from knowing even how old they were. In this and two later autobiographies, Douglass tells how he overcame bondage and took control of his own life, a theme that appears also in The Heroic Slave, his one work of fiction which is generally regarded as the first work of extended fiction in African American literature. A tireless foe of slavery, Douglass nonetheless urged free blacks not to forsake America for Africa. In a famous speech, he claimed that they had done as much as anyone to create the United States, and deserved nothing less than the full benefits of American citizenship. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E449 .D74905 & eBook
Publication Date:
1845










Walden; or Life in the Woods
by Henry David Thoreau

9780140390445Henry Thoreau; Michael Meyer (Introduction by, Notes by); Kristen Case (Introduction by)Walden and Civil Disobedience'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.' Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience. 'Civil Disobedience', expressing his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide. Michael Meyer's introduction points out that Walden is not so much an autobiographical study as a 'shining example' of Transcendental individualism. So, too, 'Civil Disobedience' is less a call to political activism than a statement of Thoreau's insistence on living a life of principle. Introduction by MICHAEL MEYER - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3048 .A1 1983 & eBook
Publication Date:
1854







Mark, the Match Boy
by Horatio Alger Jr.

9781409951827Horatio AlgerMark the Match BoyHoratio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a 19th-century American author who wrote approximately 135 novels. Many of his works have been described as rags to riches stories, illustrating how down-and-out boys might be able to achieve the American Dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, and concern for others. He is noted as a significant figure in the history of American cultural and social ideals, even though his novels are rarely read these days. After attending Harvard Divinity School from 1857 to 1860, he took a ten-month tour of Europe and produced works of a patriotic nature. Algera€(TM)s empathy with the young working men, coupled with the moral values he learned at home, formed the basis of the first novel in his Ragged Dick (1867). The book was an immediate success, spurring a vast collection of sequels and similar novels, including Luck and Pluck (1869) and Tattered Tom (1871). Amongst his other works are Five Hundred Dollars; or, Jacob Marlowea€(TM)s Secret (1890) and The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus (1900). - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS1029 .A3 2008
Publication Date:
1869




History of Standard Oil
by Ida Tarbell

9781605207629Ida M. Tarbell; Danny SchechterThe History of the Standard Oil CompanyIDA MINERVA TARBELL (1857-1944) is remembered today as a muckraking journalist, thanks to this 1904 blockbuster expose. Originally published as a series of articles in McClure's magazine, this groundbreaking work highlighted the dangers of business monopolies and contributed to the eventual breakup of Standard Oil. As modern-day muckraker Danny Schechter writes in his new introduction, exclusive to this Cosimo Classics edition: "In this era of financial crisis compounded, and even perhaps enabled, by a dearth of investigative reporting, it is valuable to go back in time to learn from the work of great journalists with the courage to have taken on avaricious corporations and irresponsible business practices. "Perhaps no book demands our attention and respect as much as the one now in your hands. The unabridged edition, long out of print, of Ida Tarbell's study/expose of the history of the Standard Oil Company is an American classic, a model of careful research, detailed analysis, clear expository writing, and social mission. It has been hailed as one of the top ten of journalism's greatest hits." In Volume II, Tarbell explores: - battles over oil pipelines - the marketing of oil - the political response to Standard's domination - breaking up the oil trust - competition in the oil industry - and more. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HD9569.S8 T37 2009 V.1
Publication Date:
1904







How the Other Half Lives
by Jacob Riis

9781611040760Jacob RiisHow the Other Half Lives: A Jacob Riis Classic (Including Photography)"How the Other Half Lives" by Jacob Riis sheds fascinating light on how our immigrants in the 1800's lived in New York City. A must-read for Americans whose family has been in the U.S. for only a few generations, this book tells what it was really like in the slums. Whether Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese or Polish, German, Russian, hordes of refugees ended up in New York on the promise of a better life. Entrepreneurs lured poor people from Eastern Europe and contracted out their labor in sweat shops in the US. The laborers lived in tenements, which were dark, unventilated cages in blocks of buildings that rented for a surprising high rent to people who died by the thousands in the unsanitary conditions. The conditions described by Jacob Riis in this classic are heart-rending, especially the part about foundling babies (abandoned newborns). A cradle was put outside a Catholic Church and instead of a baby each night, racks of babies appeared. The Church had to establish foundling hospitals run by nuns, who persuaded the unwed or impoverished mothers to nurse the baby they gave up, plus another baby. The child mortality rate, especially in the "back tenements" or buildings built on to the back of others (dark and airless) was incredible. Riis also provides interesting information about the gangs of New York in "How the Other Half Lived." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HV4046.N6 R58
Publication Date:
1890




Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

9780393049923Michael Patrick Hearn; L. Frank Baum; W. W. Denslow; Martin GardnerThe Annotated Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations. There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition, and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's The Wizard of Oz, to the 1974 Broadway hit, The Wiz. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, The Annotated Wizard of Oz is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of The Wizard of Oz, and a classic to rival Baum's own. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3503.A923 W59
Publication Date:
1900




Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy
by Louisa May Alcott

9780141192413Louisa May Alcott; Elaine Showalter (Introduction by); Siobhan Kilfeather (Notes by); Vinca Showalter (Notes by); Coralie Bickford-smith (Illustrator)Little WomenPart of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful and tactile cloth. Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four 'little women' enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, both parts of which are included here, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
LEISURE READING FICTION ALC & eBook
Publication Date:
1868




Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

9781593081577Mark Twain; Robert O'Meally (Introduction by, Intro and Notes by)The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , by Mark Twain , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics  series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics : New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.   " Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain's various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category." T. S. Eliot Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypical American maverick. Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." As Huck learns about love, responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to "go to hell" rather than return Jim to slavery. Mark Twain defined classic as "a book which people praise and don't read"; Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain's mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written. Nominated for a Grammy for his work as co-producer of the five-CD box set The Jazz Singers (1998), Robert O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies. He is the principal writer of Seeing Jazz (1997), the catalogue for the Smithsonian's exhibit on jazz and literature, and the co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1996). - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS1305 .A1 2004C & eBook
Publication Date:
1884







Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

9780553210095Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet LetterHailed by Henry James as "the finest piecenbsp;of imaginative writing yet put forth in thenbsp;country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarletnbsp;Letter reaches to our nation'snbsp;historical and moral roots for the material of greatnbsp;tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novelnbsp;shows the terrible impact a single, passionate actnbsp;has on the lives of three members of thenbsp;community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, torturednbsp;Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengefulnbsp;Chillingworth. With The Scarletnbsp;Letter , Hawthorne became the first Americannbsp;novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage anbsp;universal classic, a masterful exploration ofnbsp;humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS1868 .A1 & eBiij
Publication Date:
1850













Jungle, The
by Upton Sinclair

9780143039587Upton Sinclair; Ronald Gottesman (Introduction by); Charles Burns (Illustrator); Eric Schlosser (Introduction by)The JungleUpton Sinclair's dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century and brought into sharp moral focus the apalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American dream. Denounced by the conservative press as an un-American libel on the meatpacking industry, the book was championed by more progressive thinkers, including then president Theodore Roosevelt, and was a major catalyst to the passing of the Pure Food and Meat Inspection act, which has tremendous impact to this day. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3537.I85 J85 2006
Publication Date:
1906




Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois

9780375509117W. E. B. Du Bois; David Levering Lewis (Introduction by)The Souls of Black FolkSelected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time When first published in 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk struck like a thunderclap, quickly establishing itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now famous "problem of the color line." In decades since, its stature has only grown, and today it ranks as one of the most influential and resonant works in the history of American thought. This centennial edition contains a landmark Introduction by historian David Levering Lewis that brilliantly demonstrates how The Souls of Black Folk remains indispensable not only to an understanding of the history of race and democracy in America but to considerations of the future of racial and cultural comity in the twenty-first century. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E185.5 .D817 2003
Publication Date:
1903







Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving

9781416906254Tod Smith (Editor); Gris Grimly (Illustrator); Washington IrvingThe Legend of Sleepy HollowAre all the lights on? Is there a parent in the house? Are the windows shut and locked? Double-check! They HAVE to be if you are going to read this book, which is undoubtedly the scariest rendition of one of the greatest ghost stories ever told: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. While you may have heard of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the Headless Horseman, you've never SEEN them quite like this -- through the macabre imagination of the inimitable Gris Grimly. So, take a deep breath and take a long look. And you may want to bring a flashlight to bed with you tonight.... - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS2068 .A1 2004 & eBook
Publication Date:
1820




McGuffey's Eclectic Primer
by William Holmes McGuffey

9781429040990William McGuffeyMcGuffey's Eclectic PrimerLearn to read the old fashioned way, with McGuffey's Eclectic Primer. This first reading book begins with the alphabet and moves from simple sentences made up of one-syllable words (""A cat and a rat."") through more difficult sentences of one-syllable words (""A good child likes to go to school.""). The book includes ""slate exercises"" of the script alphabet and charming 19th-century illustrations throughout. This is the revised 1881 edition. The McGuffey Readers are among the best known schoolbooks in the history of American education, having sold more than 120 million copies since the time of their first publication in 1836. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PE1119 .M246 2010
Publication Date:
1836












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The Library of Congress, the worlds largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear Celebration of the Book with an exhibition on Books That Shaped America. The initial books in the exhibition are included here. This list is a starting point, said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. It is not a register of the best American books  although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.

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