Sinclair's The Jungle exposes the shocking truth about the working conditions of factory workers and the malpractices of meat packaging companies. This led to many laws being created to avoid these horrendous actions from happening again. Upton Sinclair's muckracking novel holds lessons for workers, and others, today.
The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan is a novel published in 1905. It was the second work in the Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. that included The Leopard's Spots and The Traitor. This book glorified the King Klux Klan and, thus, influenced the rebirth of the clan. The KKK received many more followers and it paved way for Jim Crow Laws
This list makes our top ten because of its influence on our founding fathers. It is the written thoughts of Thomas Paine that has influenced key components of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. This is one of the books that has shaped how our government operates.
Thomas Paine makes his second appearance on the list with The Rights of Man. In this book, Thomas Paine outlines the basic, inalienable rights of man. These rights were then used in the Preamble and are still respected today. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Stowe's ground breaking novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, changed forever how Americans viewed slavery. Stowe depicted the life of slaves to Northerners who rarely seen or heard of the terrors of slavery. Uncle Tom's Cabin escalated tensions between the north and the south and influenced the Civil War.
The most influential book ever made is Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Written while imprisoned, Hitler discusses his political ideology and plans for Germany. At the time of its publication, Germany was going through their worst economic recession in history. The Germans were looking for someone to blame for their struggles, so when Hitler stated in his book that the Jewish people were the blame, many people went along with it. This support allowed for Hitler to gain power in Germany and leading the Holocaust. The death of about 300,000 people were caused by Mein Kampf.