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Public Opinion

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Walter Lippmann


Public Opinion (1922), by Walter Lippman, is a critical assessment of functional democratic government, especially the irrational, and often…

The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution

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William Cooper Nell


A study of the black patriots of the American Revolution, with introductions by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Wendell Phillips.

The Challenge of Waste

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Stuart Chase


"The Challenge of Waste" examines the wasteful nature of the competitive market system, particularly from a Veblenian point of vie…

Technocracy

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William Henry Smyth


The word technocracy refers to a system of government by technical experts such as scientists, technologists, and engineers. William Henry S…

Philip Dru: Administrator

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Edward M. House


Philip Dru: Administrator: a Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 is a futuristic political novel published anonymously in 1912 by Edward Mandell Ho…

The Promise of American Life

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Herbert Croly


The book is said to "offer a manifesto of Progressive beliefs" that "anticipated the transition from competitive to corporate…

What is Industrial Democracy

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Norman Thomas


An explanation of the concept of industrial democracy and its relation to capitalism. (Summary by progressingamerica)

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 037

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Frederick Douglass


Eighteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake,…

The American Constitution and the Slave (1860)

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 088

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Frederick Douglass


"With opinions, possession is more than nine points of the law. It is next to impossible to dislodge them." Woodrow Wilson's Study…

The Progress of Nationalism in the United States

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 044

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Edward Bellamy


Nineteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include wives, widows, and women scorned--…

Social Control (1896)

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 090

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Edward Alsworth Ross


In his autobiographical essay "The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob," Booker T. Washington wrote: "It is not argument, nor cr…

On Slavery, Part 1, An Act for Laying an Additional Duty Upon Slaves (1769)

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 093

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House of Burgesses


"Flirting is more serious than talking nonsense and not so serious as making love" was journalist Eliza Lynn Linton's take on rela…

Benjamin Franklin's Address to the continental congress, read aloud by James Wi…

In Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 022

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Benjamin Franklin


A collection of nineteen short nonfiction works in the public domain. The selections included in this collection were independently chosen …

The Birthplace of American Independence, 1687

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 092

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John Howard Burnham


Calling men the "Bawling Brotherhood," Sarah Grand penned a lively essay on The New Aspect of the Woman Question in 1894. Stenogra…

The Power of the Press

In The American Newspaper

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Will Irwin


The American Newspaper is a critical study of journalism conducted by Will Irwin from 1909 to 1910 spanning fifteen articles that discuss th…