.: American Dream Reference Page :.

Reading list

- Please note that the following list represents only a very small portion of the literature related to the topic. I have personally read most of the books and pieces and would consider them essential for a good understanding. -

American Dream Literature and Background Information
  • Carpenter, Frederic I. American Literature and the Dream
  • Fehlen, Myra. American Incarnation
  • Carter, Everett. The American Idea
  • Edwards, Herbert W. & Horton, Rod W. Backgrounds of American Literary Thought

Colonists and first settlers

  • Barlowe, Arthur. The First Voyage Made to the Coasts of America
  • Percy, George. Observations Gathered out of a Discourse of ... Virginia
  • Smith, John. A Description of New England
  • Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation
  • Winthrop, John. A Model of Christian Charity

Women's Suffrage

  • Bernhard, Fox-Genevese (ed.). The Birth of American Feminism
  • Bynum, Victoria E. Unruly Women

Black American Literature

  • Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk
  • Randall, Dudley. The Melting Pot
  • McKay, Claude. If We Must Die

Jewish-American Literature

  • Lisitzky, Ephraim E. In the Grip of Cross-Currents
  • Mary, Groucho. Groucho and Me
  • Parker, Dorothy. The Standard of Living

Mexican-American Literature

  • Valdez, Luis. Los Vendidos
  • Ramírez, Orlando. American-American
  • Cervantes, Lorna Dee. Heritage