Paving Paradise: Industrialization and Reform
RHS Alcott, Kate. The daring ladies of Lowell: a novel.
Moving to the mill city of Lowell in 1832 to escape farm life, young Alice is disillusioned by the local factory’s harsh working conditions and struggles to advocate on their behalf while recklessly falling in love with the mill owner’s son, a situation that is complicated by a murder and sensational trial.
RHS Chevalier, Tracy. The last runaway.
Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.
RHS Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.
A Victorian-era wife and mother who is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with a young man she meets while on vacation.
RHS Colman, Penny. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: a friendship that changed the world.
Details the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and examines how they fought against beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women.
RHS Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.
RHS Gamble, Terry. The eulogist: a novel.
The story of an Irish family that emigrates to America in 1819 and settles in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they confront the horrible reality of slavery on the opposite bank of the Ohio River.
RHS Haddix, Margaret. Uprising.
In 1927 Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends.
RHS Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.
In seventeenth century New England, Hester Prynne is condemned by Puritan law to wear a scarlet “A” as the symbol of the sin she has committed.
RHS Kidd, Sue Monk. The invention of wings: a novel.
The story follows Hetty Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Hetty, who is to be her handmaid and follows the next thirty-five years of their lives.
RHS Morre, Graham. The last days of night: a novel.
A fictionalized account of the lawsuit between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison over the invention of the lightbulb, and a lawyer engaged in a rigorous pursuit of the truth.
RHS Poe, Edgar Allan. The collected tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
A collection of poems of short stories from a classic writer of mystery and horror.
RHS Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle.
A 1906 novel describing the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young struggling immigrant.
RHS Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s cabin.
The story of American slavery and an African-American man who never lost dignity under the most inhumane circumstances.
RHS Yellin, Jean Fagan. Harriet Jacobs: a life.
Chronicles the life of Harriet Jacobs, author of the 1861 slave narrative “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, discussing Harriet’s escape from slavery, harassment by her former owner, attempts to establish a school for black refugees behind Union lines, and other related topics.