Melvil Decimal System: 305.56
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Philosophy and Psychology
Mathematics and Science
Arts and Recreation
Biography and History
Social Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology
Public Administration, Military Science
Social Problems, Social Services
Commerce, Communications, Transportation
Customs, Etiquette, Folklore
Factors affecting social behavior
Groups of People
Culture and Institutions
[No longer used]
[No longer used]
Identity and Groupings
Ethnic and national groups
People by occupation and miscellaneous social statuses; people with disabilities and illnesses, gifted people
Works under MDS 305.56
- Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
- Harriet Tubman: In Their Own Words by George Sullivan
- Sojourner Truth: In Their Own Words by Peter Roop
- Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller
- Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne Rockwell
- Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes by Ted Conover
- Go Free or Die: A Story About Harriet Tubman by Jeri Ferris
- A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler
- A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember by Iain Levison
- The kidnapped prince by Ann Cameron
- Hermits: The Insights of Solitude by Peter France
- Sojourner Truth: American Abolitionist (Heroes of the Faith) by Terry Whalin
- Walking the Road to Freedom by Jeri Ferris
- When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection (Dover Thrift Editions) by Norman R. Yetman
- The Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society by Pierre Bourdieu
- Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson R. Cowie
- Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney
- Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions 1150-1400 by H. S. Bennett
- Who Built America?: Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society: Volume Two by American Social History Project
- The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Authentic First-Person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes (v. 1) by Henry Mayhew
- Mayhew's London by Henry Mayhew
- The Interesting Narrative in the Life of Olaudah Equiano [Norton Critical Edition] by Olaudah Equiano
- You Wouldn't Want to be A Slave in Ancient Greece!: A Life You'd Rather Not Have by Fiona MacDonald
- Who Built America?: Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society: Volume One by American Social History Project
- Folk Devils and Moral Panics : The Creation of the Mods and Rockers by Stanley Cohen
MDS classes with significant recommendations overlap, excluding ones under the same top-level class.
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