Sunday, June 6, 2010

Great Books: More Lasting Legacies

The focus on Lasting Legacies (great books that changed the world) continues this month.  If you're still looking for a book that changed the world, try one of these:

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The account of a fictional immigrant family and their experiences working in a meat packing factory in Chicago is seen as a vital part of the Progressive Movement of the early 20th century and led to the Meat Inspection Act and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The story of poor farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma became a rallying cry to improve the conditions of the poor during the Great Depression.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The story of a slave who is a better man than his three successive owners, this novel is famous for generating support for the Abolitionist Movement in the run-up to the Civil War.

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