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ENGL 1140: Language and Identity: Books

Books, Articles, Films and other resources from the class textbook, Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing.

Education and Empowerment



Anyon, Jean. Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform

Herrnstein, Richard. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.

Tannen, Deborah. The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War of Words

Heyrman, Christine. Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. 

Sadker, David. Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls.

Moore, Michael. Stupid White Men…and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.

Bowles, S. Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life.




Kincaid, Jamaica. At the Bottom of the River.

Devor, Aaron H. Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality

Devor, Aaron H. FTM: Female to Male Transsexuals in Society

Cofer, Judith O. The Latin Deli

Allen, Paula G. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

Allen, Paula G. Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat

Kilbourne, Jean. Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel.

Wollenstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Women.


Melting Pot



Franklin, John Hope. Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988.

Gordon, Milton M.  Assimilation in American Life: The Role of Race, Religion, and National Origins.

Pitt, Leonard. We Americans. (Vol. 2)

Takaki, Ronald. From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America.

Cose, Ellis. Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconcilliation, Reparation, and Revenge.

Cose, Ellis. The Envy of the World.

Cose, Ellis. Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World.

Cose, Ellis. The Rage of a Priviledged Class.

Cose, Ellis. A Nation of Strangers.




Model Family

Model Family




Lerner, Gerda. The Creation of Patriarchy

Mintz, Steven. Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life

De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America.

Coontz, Stephanie. The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families, 1600-1900.

Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.

Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Really Are: Coming To Terms with America’s Changing Families.

Jack, Roger. Dancing on the Rim of the World: An Anthology of Contemporary Northwest Native American Writing.


Individual Opportunity


Ringer, Richard. Looking Out For Number One.

Mantsios, Gregory. Class in America.

Kasser, Tim. The High Price of Materialism.

Baida, Peter. Poor Richard’s Legacy: American Business Values from Benjamin Franklin to Donald Trump.

Rather, Dan. The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. The Inner Life of the Middle Class.

Moody, Kim. Workers in a Lean World: Unions in the International Economy.

Rothenberg, Paula. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study.

MacLead, Jay. Ain’t No Making It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Lower-Income Neighborhood.

Katznelson, Ira. City Trenches: Urban Politics and Patterning of Class in the United States.

De Lone, Richard. Small Futures.

Tuchman, Howard. Economics of the Rich.

Terkel, Studs. American Dreams: Lost and Found.

Garland, Anne. Women Activists: Challenging the Abuse of Power

Hamblin, Ken. Pick a Better Country: An Unassuming Colored Guy Speaks His Mind about America.



Church and State

Lamott, Anne. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

Lamott, Anne. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

McKibben, Bill. Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape

McKibben, Bill. The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation.

Marcus, Eric. Together Forever: Gay and Lebian Marriage.

Marcus, Eric. Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights.


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