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The American Story

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington, Irving
ca. 1790-New York, East Coast.
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1840's-St. Petersburg, Missouri, South.
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The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
1850-Boston, East Coast.
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1850's-Kentucky, South.
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1860's-Virginia, South.
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Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
1860's, Atlanta, Georgia, South.
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1868-Concord, MA, East Coast.
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Dances with Wolves - Michael Blake
1863-The Plains, West.
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Centennial - James Michener
Various times, ending around 1860's-Colorado, West.
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Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
1870-Kansas, Midwest.
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Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
1876-Texas, West.
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1900's-Kansas, Midwest.

The classic hero's journey story, American style.
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1910's-Nebraska, Midwest.

Immigration issues.
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The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
1930's-Oklahoma/California, West.
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The Color Purple - Alice Walker
1930's-Georgia, South.
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
1930's-Alabama, South.
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Farewell to Manzanar - James A. Houston,Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston,James D. Houston
1940's-California, West.

American internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.
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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
1949-NYC, East.
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1950's-Korea.

This doesn't take place in the US, but so many Americans were affected by this event that I wanted to acknowledge it.
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Black Like ME - John Howard Griffin
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.
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Roots (Dell Book) - Alex Haley
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.
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A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
1959-Chicago, Il, West.
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1950's-Oregon, West.

Dealing with mental health care patients, an underrepresented segment of our society.
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley,Malcolm X
1960's-NYC, East.
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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
1980's-Oregon, West.

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.
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The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
1980's-China/San Francisco, CA, West.

Multi-generational family story, dealing with immigration issues.
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Novels that tell the story of the United States, from all angles. Includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. Got a suggestion to add to the list? Please share it, there's always room for more!

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Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Jan 13 6:16
I feel there are a lot of areas I still need to find books for. World War One and Two, the Vietnam war, anything after the 1980's, and the 1920's are eras I don't have anything for. I don't have anything for or by or about Native Americans, really, I have some about white people with Native Americans as background characters, but I would like something focusing on them as main characters. Also, Jewish Americans, I have nothing for this group either. If anybody knows good books for any of this, or others, please let me know. Thanks!

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