Over the course of American history what bestselling books have defined, reflected, or challenged America's ideas of itself? Great Courses Professor Peter Conn of the University of Pennsylvania presents his understanding of the books that shaped America because of the times in which they occurred, the subject of the work, and the manner of the writing. In presenting these books and their times, Professor Conn will discuss "the meaning of America, the idea of success, the complex questions of race and gender, and the prominence of religion" as each author sees them. We will look at the social and political context of the books and discuss their impact on American thought. Class members will re-acquaint themselves with books they have loved, or maybe just heard about, as well as learn about titles previously unknown to them.
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