Charvet, John. The Social Problem in the Philosophy of Rousseau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974, 150 p.
Reinterprets Jean Jacques Rousseau's influential philosophy as detailed in the thinker's works Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, Emile, and the Social Contract.
Ernest, John. Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature: Brown, Wilson, Jacobs, Delany, Douglass, and Harper. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995, 261 p.
Studies elements of social protest fiction in six major works of nineteenth-century African-American literature, including William Wells Brown's Clotel and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Folsom, James K. “Social Darwinism or Social Protest?: The ‘Philosophy’ of The Octopus.” Modern Fiction Studies 8, no. 4 (winter 1963): 393-400.
Considers the call for social justice as a binding thematic element in Frank Norris's novel The Octopus.
Garvey, T. Gregory, ed. The Emerson Dilemma: Essays on Emerson and Social Reform. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001, 264 p.
Features essays by various contributors on Ralph Waldo Emerson's views concerning women's rights, abolition, and democracy.
Magnet, Myron. “American Notes.” In Dickens and the Social Order, pp. 175-202. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985.
Comments on Dickens's American Notes, focusing especially on his theory regarding the humanizing power of society.
Patterson, Anita Haya. “‘Self-Reliance’: The Ethical Demand for Reform.” In From Emerson to King: Democracy, Race, and the Politics of Protest, pp. 81-155. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's philosophical critique of contemporary social reform in America.