The Jungle, Upton
Sinclair’s 1906 international bestseller, depicts in vivid detail the shocking labor
practices and unsanitary working conditions in meat-packing factories of the
era. This potent novel, a fictionalized account of Chicago’s Packingtown slum
and the immigrant families who live and work there, was a catalyst for reform
within the industry, and still retains its grisly impact.
Jurgis Rudkus, an
impoverished Lithuanian immigrant, takes a lowly job at Brown’s slaughterhouse
to support his young wife and their relatives. Once admiring America for its
potential, Rudkus has found opportunities to be too far out of his reach. After
being evicted, Rudkus is living in a slum and deeply in debt, unable to support
his family. As he attempts to make ends meet, the oppressive working conditions
and crippling poverty begin to take a toll on Rudkus and his family. Download and start listening now!