Upton Sinclair's novel published
first in 1906, is about
turn-of-the-century business and immigrant labor practices. Jurgis Rudkus, a
young Lithuanian immigrant in search of a better life, faces instead an epic
struggle for survival. His story of factory life in Chicago in the early
twentieth century is a saga of barbarous working conditions, crushing poverty,
crime, disease, and despair.Upton Sinclair's vivid depiction of the horrors of
Chicago's stockyards and slaughterhouses aroused such public indignation that a
government investigation was called, eventually resulting in the passage of
pure food laws. More than a hundred years later, The Jungle continues to pack
the same emotional power it did when it was first published.
All readers are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library one
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