In this powerful book we enter the world ofJurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrivesin America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, theastonishing truth about "e;packingtown,"e; thebusy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, wherenew world visions perish in a jungle of humansuffering. Upton Sinclair, master of the"e;muckraking"e; novel, here explores the workingman'slot at the turn of the century: the backbreakinglabor, the injustices of "e;wage-slavery,"e;the bewildering chaos of urban life. "e;TheJungle,"e; a story so shocking that itlaunched a government investigation, recreates thisstartling chapter if our history in unflinchingdetail. Always a vigorous champion on political reform, Sinclair is also a gripping storyteller, and his1906 novel stands as one of the most important --and moving -- works in the literature of socialchange.
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