Books have always been a dynamic force in American culture, helping to shape who we are and where we are going. The open dissemination of knowledge and the reverence for books that flowered in the Enlightenment helped create this nation; and this belief in the importance of an enlightened people has sustained it through even the most tumultuous times. Certain books have touched American Society -- and individuals – more deeply that others. This display chronicles many enduring American literary works that demonstrate how “Books Change Lives” -- a campaign slogan adopted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The individual works and the era that shaped those writings are illustrated from the vast holdings of Americana in the Library of Congress.
3rd Floor Archives Gallery