I frequently come to Daily Kos to ask for suggestions, whether it's electronics or books; it always tends to work out quite well, so I am back once again, and this time, it's all about books.
In one of my history classes, I am required to write two book critiques; one can be fiction and one has to be non-fiction. The time period is restricted to 1875-1917, so they can be biographies or books about topics such as imperialism, the Gilded Age, Progressive Movement and politics.
I have chosen The Jungle as my fictional book because it's one of my all-time favorites. As for the non-fiction, I have browsed the college library website and Amazon for a couple of hours, and I can't seem to find anything that appeals to me. It also doesn't help that I'm not that familiar with this era of American history. (Unfortunately.)
I've thought about writing a critique on a presidential biography, but that is an easy way out, and I refuse to do that.
I'd really like to write about the emergence of the labor movement and the new worker protections passed during this time. Or a non-fiction account of the events that occurred in The Jungle. I could possibly even compare and contrast the fictional and non-fictional versions.
Does anyone have any suggestions?