The Jungle Author:Upton Sinclair In some of the most harrowing scenes ever written in modern literature, Upton Sinclair vividly depicts factory life in Chicago in the first years of the twentieth century. The horrors of the slaughter houses, their barbarous working conditions....the crushing poverty, the disease, the depravity, the despair-- he reveals all through the eyes of J... more »urgis Rudkus, a young immigrant who has come to the New World to build a home for himself, his fiancee and her family. Published in 1906, THE JUNGLE aroused the indignation of the public and forced and government investigation which led to the passage of the pure food laws. It also established its young author as a fearless crusader for the rights of the working man-- one the world's leading spokesmen for freedom, equality and humanity.
Follows the life of one immigrent working man in 1906 Chicago. The incredible things this man endures are heart wrenching but you can't put the book down for the need to know what happens to him. The inside look at his life in the meat packing plants also spurred the pure food acts that still affect us today.