Literature of Social Change

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412 books · 312 voters · list created November 10th, 2009 by Jessica (votes) .
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message 1: by Trees (new)

Trees Amazing list of books..simply exceptional.


message 3: by Kathe (new)

Kathe What about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain?


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica If the book you want to vote for is not already on the list, use the search box at the top of the right-hand column. Find the book you want and vote for it to add it to the list.


message 5: by Nathaniel (new)

Nathaniel Long Must these be novels?

The Puritan Religious movement, surrounding the Great Awakening, had a colossal influence on social change, and has received much renewed appreciation over the past few decades, an about face from the previous perception of stodgy, fun-despising work-aholics who just about squelched the life from the American colonies before they got off first base.


message 6: by Sani (new)

Sani Achmad Max Havelaar


message 7: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl The prize goes to fiction only. I don't know if Jessica intended to keep this list to fiction.


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