While not anyone may agree of these books, it is the change that was provoked through these written words. They made a case about something that may not have been thought of before. While some were known to become popular later after their time, most of them are old and still inspiring readers today.
Here are the top 4 most influential books of all time.
The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
The novel was written in 1971 as the assessment of the French Revolution. Thomas Paine was known for his work, The American Crisis, and Common Sense. This novel took nearly two years to write and discusses the rights that every human should hope to adopt government for their nation. Paine brings on the idea of the nation must be supported by its people. The novel soon opened the doors to building the civil rights movement.
A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
During the time when women had very few rights, this novel argued that women are also human beings and should be given the same respect that is given to men. Mary Wollstonecraft also discussed the allowance of pursuing education, business ownership and the right to vote for the government. It was through her own experience that she believed education will help educate women and free them from their slavery of husbands.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Written and published in the early 1850s, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a novel about the real essence of slavery in the South. The book was known for its influence in changing the thought of Americans and how they viewed slavery. It also helped contribute to the abolitionist movement that led to the Civil War.
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
The book was published in 1859 and made such an impact that scientific communities are still feeling today. In the Origin of Species, Darwin uses his knowledge to answer the questions of life’s diversity and the idea of evolution through natural selection. He also makes it a point to promote improvement in living things as extinction is inevitable through natural selection.
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