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ca. 1790-New York, East Coast.
1840's-St. Petersburg, Missouri, South.
1860's, Atlanta, Georgia, South.
1868-Concord, MA, East Coast.
Various times, ending around 1860's-Colorado, West.
The classic hero's journey story, American style.
American internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.
This doesn't take place in the US, but so many Americans were affected by this event that I wanted to acknowledge it.
1959-New Orleans, Louisiana-South.
A white man risks his life to try and experiment that allows him to live life as a black man in the South in the 1950's. A true and very eye-opening account.
1760's-1970's, Africa, American South-South.
Accuracy aside, this is the definitive story about slavery in America. While this one happens to be Alex Haley's story, it could be anybody's story, and unfortunately, it was so many people's story.
Dealing with mental health care patients, an underrepresented segment of our society.
Why did I include a children's book in this list? Because I think childhood is an extremely important piece of our American culture. I think the Ramona series has stood the test of time, has been loved by several generations over the years, and truly embodies childhood in America.
1980's-China/San Francisco, CA, West.
Multi-generational family story, dealing with immigration issues.