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An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle—his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a bestseller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act.|The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America, The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair. Vulnerable and isolated, the family of Jurgis Rudkus struggles—unsuccessfully—to survive in an urban jungle.

A powerful view of turn-of-the-century poverty, graft, and corruption, this fiercely realistic American classic is still required reading in many history and literature classes. It will continue to haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

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1906 best-seller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

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1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

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Upton Sinclair was a prolific author, committed socialist, and political activist who gained enormous popularity when his 1906 novel The Jungle exposed conditions in the U.S. meat-packing industry. In 1943, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his series tale, Dragon's Teeth.

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fheyer12, August 16, 2012 (view all comments by fheyer12)
IU looked for this book when I was in Portland. It details the problems in nthe meat-packing business in Chicago. It wasn't too far off from problems that exist today in many businesses ie., conditions more of a psychological nature and a lack of loyalty and trust today. Overall,an excellent book.
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ajcritelli, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by ajcritelli)
Now that I am retired I recently reread this book. It has lost none of its impact. The tale of the immigrants trying to live the American dream and their treatment by the factory owners and shady real estate companies is still as meaningful today as it was when it was written 100 years ago. As I look around me today I can still see these things happening. This book is a reminder how of far we have come but it also makes one think of how far we still have to go.
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ajcritelli, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by ajcritelli)
Now that I am retired I recently reread this book. It has lost none of its impact. The tale of the immigrants trying to live the American dream and their treatment by the factory owners and shady real estate companies is still as meaningful today as it was when it was written 100 years ago. As I look around me today I can still see these things happening. This book is a reminder how of far we have come but it also makes one think of how far we still have to go.
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ISBN:
9780486419237
Author:
Sinclair, Upton
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Lithuanian Americans.
Subject:
Stockyards.
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
CM-96
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.59 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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1906 best-seller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

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1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.
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