What are the best books about social injustice?

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    #1Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Amit Khan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I think everyone should read this book. No, seriously. It's a great allegory of the socialist movement and with these ideas coming back into our lives today, I think everyone should be aware of the consequences. Orwell does an amazing job at leaving you feeling upset and angry at how stupid some of the animals can be, but then we turn around and have to see that is what many today are like. He also hits the media and its ever-changing truth spot on. I suggest this book to everyone I know, and I even bought this as a gift for my Mom. It's a quick read, but will be something you come back to often."
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    #2Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Anthony Meyer
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book should be among the best when it comes to describing and decrying social injustice. It shows how the American Indian has been destroyed and his heritage desecrated systematically over the years by America itself, the land purportedly to be of the free. From the first page to the last page, it is breathtaking and impossible to put down. I think this is a good pick. "
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    #3A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 

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    Judith Garrett
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a spectacular and compelling work with engaging characters and a very strong storyline. It will take you along the full gamut of emotions and leave you full of despair as well as full of hope. If you want to go on an emotional roller coaster then this is your book. Make a pot of tea and settle in for a weekend of escape into this story."
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    #4To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Carmen Méndez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is the reason I'm naming my first son Atticus Finch. This is a timeless tale that brings hope to even the current racial tensions in the States. Atticus Finch is a hero. Don't read the "sequel.""
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    #5The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories from African-American writer Langston Hughes depicting the interaction of black Americans with white Americans during the 1920s and the 1930s.

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    Billy Walsh
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Langston Hughes is always a solid choice if you want to see how the treatment of African and Black Americans has evolved over the years. He's a must read author, and The Ways of White Folks is a must read book"
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    #6The Devil Finds Work: Essays

    The Devil Finds Work: Essays
    The Devil Finds Work is James Baldwin's book describing his experiences of watching cinema as a child, while also colorfully describing and criticizing the racial politics presented in those films.
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    Carol Gray
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A different kind of book then I usually read. I was surprised that I really liked it a lot. I am going to look for more James Baldwin's books he is amazing."
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    #7There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America is a book for young adults written by Alex Kotlowitz. It was released in 2010 and became a National Book Bestseller.

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    Peter Flores
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A fine portrait of a Chicago family surviving but taking wounds from poverty, bureaucracy, violence, bigotry, some wounds arguably self-inflicted but many otherwise. Alex Kotlowitz focuses with genuine friendship on two young brothers and their mom, of an extended family living cramped in criminally mis-managed public housing projects. I haven't read anything else that documents in such close quarter this life I haven't known -- though it was but a few miles from my home, and I'm sure time passing since publication of There Are No Children Here has changed little for people in seemingly permanent financial distress of what LaJoe Rivers and her sons Lafayette and Pharoah experienced."
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    #8The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England is a book by Friedrich Engels detailing the lives of workers during the Industrial Revolution. It depicts the poor working conditions of miners, factory workers, prostitutes, and child laborers.

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    Melissa Jackson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Good story and great cover. I like how the author thinks. A great book about social injustice and how were the working class treated in England. I highly recommend this book. "
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    #9Teaching Community

    Teaching Community

    Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope is a philosophical and critic book written by bell hooks, whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. It was released in 2003. It is about using writing to help end racism.

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    Willie Walters
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope is a great book and one of the best about social injustice. It teaches about helping to end racism. "
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    #10The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    Joseph Hall
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Can’t wait to finish this! I saw the movie version when I was 12 and to this day(59yrs old) Grapes of Wrath continues to be one of the most impactful works in my life? Admittedly movie versions and the book are different but there is no value lost. For times sake I am utilizing Audible and doing some reading. The main narrator sounds similar to Henry Fonda! The story is gritty,at times sad, maybe depressing to some. But I find hope,honesty and resiliency and the strength of family as the main themes. The Depression and the dust bowl era affected that part of the country , for many their lives were changed forever but for many there was a rebirth and relocation that showed the strong spirit that carried them to the next chapter of their lives. A must read, if any have ever come from a background of poverty and having to fight and scrape for anything, you will feel the connection here."
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    #11The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows Michael Henchard's life after he sold his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. 

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    #12Salvation

    Salvation

    Salvation: Black People and Love is a critic book written by visionary bell hooks, whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. It was released in 2001. It is about how "love" is portrayed in American culture, particularly for African-Americans.

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    Cheryl Carpenter
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This romance tells an impressive story, what happens in this book is very interesting and the characters are described very vividly, and love is seen in a very different point of view as majority of people do. Sometimes you may think the situations are happening in front of your eyes because they are described so vividly. I have had a qualitative time reading this book and i am sure that it will be the same for the majority of readers."
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    #13The Fire Next Time

    The Fire Next Time
    The Fire Next Time is James Baldwin's book depicting the racial injustice he suffered in his childhood in Harlem, and through parts of the book, he made a call to the American people to end racism.
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    Howard Bennett
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Fire Next Time is James Baldwin's book depicting the racial injustice he suffered in his childhood in Harlem. The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave voice to the emerging civil rights movement."
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    #14A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.

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    Joseph Parker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "There's been a lot of injustice in the history of America, and while not specifically about injustice, this book highlights a lot of it through it's analysis of american history. It's well written and interesting, never dry, and very accessible for a history book. If you're curious about the country then this could be the book for you"
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    #15The New Jim Crow

    The New Jim Crow
    This book shares the idea that America's society has achieved a new era of colorblindness, which starting point is the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Michelle Alexander says that this doesn't mean that racism is over, society has just redesigned. 
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    Diane Burton
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "It is an interesting view, but so far from the truth in reality. I don't think the idea can stand now."
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    #16Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Jeremy Wade
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I needed to find a book for my college class that had to do with social injustice and I was assigned Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. The injustices that this young girl and her family had to endured as told in this book are harsh."
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    #17Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    Lies My Teacher Told Me is a critique of American high school history textbooks. It shows the falsehoods and misconceptions perpetrated in the education system as part of historical revisionism.

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    Samantha Fields
    Written on April 28, 2018
    " Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong ia a very important book that touches on subjects that have happen in history but are often left out and forgotten i think its a important read to fully learn what went on in our history"
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    #18The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Anna Thomas
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Color Purple is a well-written and moving story about a woman who deals with a great deal of injustice and adversity in her life, yet manages to develop a strong independent spirit despite this. Her tale is inspirational, and her feelings deeply sympathetic and relatable."
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    #19Free Women of Spain

    Free Women of Spain

    Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women is a history book written by known feminist and anarchist Martha Ackelsberg. It was released in paperback in 2004. 

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    Martha Gutierrez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Social justice is a pretty hot topic at the moment which has lead me to trying to educate myself a bit more on the topic. Free Women of Spain was a book that my mom gave me as she knew my goals. I really found this book to be enlightening about the history of feminism in Spain."
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    #20Diamond Boy

    Diamond Boy
    Diamond Boy is a realistic drama novel for young adults written by Micahel Williams. It was released in December 2014. It is a portrait of Zimbabwe's history of death because of diamonds and racism.
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    Saúl González
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A story that has been told over and over again in many other forms. For social injustice books you should look elsewhere. Sometimes the same scenario gets tiring, like zombies being rehashed all the time, but the whole blood diamond thing has become a bore for me and the writing style was exhausting."
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    #21Ruth

    Ruth

    Ruth is an inspirational feminist and socialist novel written by Marlene S. Lewis. It was published in 2011. It is set in the 1950s just before the civil rights and women's movements in Papua New Guinea.

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This novel focuses on the life of Ruth, a woman who was born in Papua New Guinea as a daughter of coffee plantation owners and then immigrates to Australia where she encounters a variety of life challenges as she is raising her half-caste son, Stewart. There are definitely elements of social injustice weaved within the plot of this novel but I would recommend many, many other much more well-known books that focus on social injustice before I would recommend this book. If you have an interest in Australia and Papau New Guinea, then you might find this book intriguing as the author moves her main character in multiple locations throughout these two regions. However, other than the geography component, I would not recommend this book if one is more interested in social justice."
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    #22Yellowman/Acting Edition

    Yellowman/Acting Edition

    Yellowman/Acting Edition is a book containing two plays by renowned playwright Dael Orlandersmith. It was released in 2003. It contains the 2002 Pulitzer Drama nominee Yellowman and the play My Red Hand, My Black Hand.

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    Zhao Huang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This novel explores social injustice when prejudice of others gets in the way of romance between two young souls of different races. I recommend this to anyone wanting to read about social injustice."
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    #23City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves

    City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves
    City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves: Lesbian And Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 is a comprehensive history book written by Marc Stein. It was released in 2008. It is about the rights movement of homosexuals in Philadelphia.
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    Donald Jones
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book has an incredible amount of information featuring real stories from LBGT members during a time of hardship. It's captivating and a one of a kind piece. Even if you're not interested in these topics, it teaches you a bit more about what it mean to be human."
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    #24Bitter Harvest

    Bitter Harvest

    Bitter Harvest: Zimbabwe and the Aftermath of its Independence is a controversial memoir written by former Rhodesia Prime Minister Ian Smith. It was released posthumously in 2008 and is about his controversial views.

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    Mark Mendoza
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book covers the hisroty and events surrounding the independence of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe and much of the surrounding area of the world has long known a great deal of social injustice and strife, and this is a great telling of exactly that, and what it meant for the country and people."
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    #25Moscow to the End of the Line

    Moscow to the End of the Line
    Moscow to the End of the Line is a comedic and critic book written by Venedikt Erofeev. It was released in July 1992 and was translated by H. William Tjalsma. It is regarded as an icon of social commentary in Russia.
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    Philip Wells
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Sad and humorous story. It is worth re-reading multiple times "
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    #26A Thousand Never Evers

    A Thousand Never Evers
    A Thousand Never Evers is a juvenile historical fiction novel written by Shana Burg, first published in 2008. Set in the American South during the integration, it tells the story of Addie Ann Pickett's fight against racial prejudice.
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    Dylan Morrison
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Book about the death of a young black man and how his sister tries to bring social justice"
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    #27The Fear

    The Fear

    The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe is a historical study book written by journalist Peter Godwin. It was published in March 2011. It is about the later years of the tyrannical rule of Robert Mugabe.

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    Joel Álvarez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Social Injustice is an important topic that is relevant even today. The Fear is a great book that talks about tyrannical rule of a leader and the social injustice that has happened. The Fear is a fantastic read."
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    #28From Black Power to Hip Hop

    From Black Power to Hip Hop
    From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism is an investigative and analytic book written by Patricia Hill Collins. It was released in 2006 and is about the modern forms of racism in America.
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    Rebecca Harris
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is an eye-opening book about how black women may choose to explore feminism and politics in different ways. It was very interesting to me to read about how "white feminism" can affect people negatively. It helped me look at things from a different viewpoint and I have definitely learned a lot."

Summary

Best What are the best books about social injustice
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Animal FarmBooks 56 Paid
2Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBooks 53 Paid
3A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 46 Paid
4To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 42 Paid
5The Ways of White Folks Books 39 Paid
6The Devil Finds Work: EssaysBooks 38 Paid
7There Are No Children HereBooks 35 Paid
8The Condition of the Working Class in EnglandBooks 34 Paid
9Teaching CommunityBooks 31 Paid
10The Grapes of WrathBooks 29 Paid
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