List of the best social issues books that changed society.


Diary of a Young Girl

Written by Anne Frank

Edited by Otto H. Frank & Mirjam Pressler

Translated by B. M. (Barbara Mary) Mooyaart & Susan Massotty

Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt

Both versions of the original 1952 & the definitive 1995 editions were published in English by Doubleday (a division of Penguin Random House) in the United States. Additional versions are available in multiple languages as well from various global print and digital publishers.

Teenage Anne Frank became the voice of a generation immediately after the initial publication of her book in Europe in 1947 with her riveting account of the war years in Amsterdam from 1942-1944 that ended in tragedy. Her diary forced changes in society forever by exposing acceptable events of religious hatred that had been previously ignored publicly. Today, Anne Frank's diary has been ranked officially as the second highest-selling book worldwide, selling almost 1 billion copies to date, second only to the Bible. It has been published in almost every country across the globe and has also been filmed as a movie several times.

Both the original and definitive editions of Diary of a Young Girl is not available currently at the Nancy Hanks Lincoln Public Library due to present copyright restrictions. New and used copies of either edition can be purchased from various online venues in multiple formats however. Copies are available at local public libraries as well in multiple hardcover and paperback versions from various existing editions.

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Written by Harriet Jacobs writing as Laura Brent

Edited by L. Maria Child

Privately published in the United States for the author in 1861.

This memoir, written about the horrific experiences of the nightmare that was American slavery during the nineteenth century opened eyes everywhere about the truth that had remained hidden for almost three centuries. Harriet Jacobs created an indelible account of her experiences and the experiences of others who had lived through unbelievable torment at the hands of Christians pretending to be human beings before slavery was abolished in the United States in 1863. This book is considered one of the most important must-read documents ever published of which led to important social changes in America.

The original 1861 edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is available free (for download in PDF or reading online) from the Nancy Hanks Lincoln Public Library in the American Slavery section under the Books tab. New copies of this book can also be purchased from various online venues in multiple digital formats as well as hardcover and paperback print editions. Some editiions have been edited and revised.

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