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The Jungle's influence has been extraordinary for a literary work. Upton Sinclair's 1906 landmark novel is widely credited with awakening the public fury that led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), a watershed in consumer protection and government legislation.
This story of the immigrant experience in the harrowing Chicago stockyards has drawn comment from historians, policymakers, and literary critics, and it is a widely assigned teaching text. The novel is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations.
"Contexts and Backgrounds" provides readers with an understanding of The Jungle's disparate social, historical, political, and literary dimensions. Included are autobiographical selections by the author; contemporary perspectives on the meatpacking industry, including writings by Theodore Dreiser, Adolphe Smith, and J. Ogden Armour; and commentary on the living conditions of immigrant workers. Historical studies by Jimmy Skaggs, Rick Halpern, James Barrett, Robert M. Crunden, John Braeman, William Cronon, and Eric Schlosser address the central issues: slaughterhouse abuses, protectionism and The Beef Trust, muckraking, Progressivism, and consumer rights.
"Criticism" collects eight provocative readings of The Jungle as a literary text, as a historical document in its own right, as a contribution to Progressive-era muckraking, and as an important work in urban, economic, and labor history. Contributions include Jack London, Edward Clark Marsh, Winston Spencer Churchill, Walter Rideout, June Howard, Scott Derrick, Michael Brewster Folsom, and Christopher P. Wilson.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
|A Note on the Text|
|The Text of The Jungle||1|
|The Author in his Own Words||331|
|Excerpts form the Appeal to Reason Version of The Jungle||331|
|Sinclair and Sentimentalism||331|
|An Alternate Ending||332|
|The Early Life of a Muckraker||345|
|What Life Means to Me||348|
|What Socialism Means to Me||353|
|Art and Propaganda||354|
|Contemporary Perspectives on the Meatpacking Industry||357|
|Interview with P. D. Armour||357|
|Portrait of a Beef Baron||362|
|The Beef Trust||365|
|The Perfection of Capitalism||371|
|Cruelty to Animals||374|
|A Packer's Rebuttal||376|
|Division of Labor in the Meatpacking Industry||380|
|Social and Economic Implications of the Division of Labor||381|
|Living Conditions and the Immigrant Worker||388|
|From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards - An Autobiography||388|
|Immigrant Wages and Family Budgets||396|
|Housing Conditions in Chicago, Ill.: Back of the Yards||407|
|From The Social Problems at the Chicago Stock Yards||415|
|Immigrant Women and Prostitution||419|
|The "Poor Man's Club": Social Functions of the Urban Working-Class Saloon||423|
|Market Conditions and the Beef Trust||428|
|Racial and Ethnic Divisions in the Slaughterhouses||431|
|Packingtown's Women Workers and Labor Resistance||441|
|Muckraking, Progressivism, and the Pure Food and Drug Law||445|
|The Extension of Federal Power||459|
|The Packing Industry in the Ecosystem||465|
|Back to The Jungle: A View from the Twenty-first Century||475|
|What Jack London Says of The Jungle||483|
|The Chicago Scandals: The Novel Which Is Making History||487|
|Sinclair's Documentary Strategy||493|
|Gender in The Jungle||497|
|The Development of The Jungle||503|
|The Ironies of Progressive Era Authorship||512|
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Posted June 17, 2012
DO NOT BUY unless "unabridged" doesn't mean anything to you. Sinclair's original text had 36 chapters, this book has the more commonly released 31 chapters. Shame on B&N!
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Posted April 9, 2012
Posted May 29, 2012
The print was entirely too small. I purchased it, but was unable to read it.
I tried changing the letter size (Aa), pinch and zoom nothing worked.
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Posted February 3, 2012
My profession is in the field of food safety. I have been both and government inspector and now work in industry training people who handle our food every day. It is my professional interest which originally drove me to read this book years ago. I recommend this book to students in my advanced food safety certification classes.
The public outcry from the publication of this book actually caused the federal government to do something about the safety of the food supply, and the results of which have led to our current system of food safety regulations and inspections.
Food safety is not the only relevant topic from this book. Although considered muckracking journalism, it is also one of the original examples of investigative journalism. The author originally intended this book to promote socialism, but instead it led to reform of our food regulatory system.
The narrative story of the book may not be a gripping tale, but it is used well as a device to help the reader understand what was happening in the food packing industry at the time, as well as the politics and economic realities of the times.
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Posted April 25, 2011
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, social living, or ethics. Great book, fairly easy to read save for a few words that I needed to look up. It went fast and it really pulls you into the lives of the people.
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Posted March 16, 2013
I am Dragon. I am a large brute of pure black coat. I have no scars on the outside but am scarred on the inside. I have killed many innocent wolves because my once alpha told me to. I was used. I now am weighted down by grief and disgust at myself. I will protect this pack. But I can not be loved. I am a monster. My eyes are even red from a defect. I am too strong ad ugly in my heart.
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Posted March 22, 2012
Loved the book until the end. Loved the meat-packing industry outings and characters. Truely disliked the end. Polical ending was out of place and unnecessary and killed the book for me.
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Posted February 9, 2012
My history teacher was telling my class about muckrakers, and he told us about this book. I was completly grossed out in class, but i also want to read this. Sorta. Not sure if i should. Any suggestions?
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Rossie opened his cage and flew around the house, waiting, for three days, to see if anyone would save him. Finally, Carrie, the neighboor's cat, showwed up. <p> "Oh," she meowed, "look what we have here." <br> "Just get me out!" <br> "Fine, but you'll owe me your life." <br> "Ok, ok! Anything, PLEASE." <br> Carrie leapt through the window, breaking it. Her collar was ripped off by the glass. <br> Rossie flew down to her. <br> "Get the chihuahua puppy from my house and meet me at the treehouse in your yard." Carrie said. <br> "Ok." Rossie said. <p> He flew to the McGuyre house and snatched the tiny puppy up in his talons. He started to fly, startled by the sudden change in weight. The puppy, Joejo, started to protest. <br> "Hey! What're you doing? Where are you going? Why are you taking me?" <br> "Carrie told me to," Rossie awnsered simply. <p> Rossie landed with the puppy. "So, what now?" <br> "We are going to start a revolution." <br> "WHAT?" Both Rossie and Joejo said at the same time. <br> Carrie dropped a map of the world, and she even had a map of each country, each continent, and each city! "We are going to get all the animals of the world to join together. Humans keep us as slaves. They ki<_>ll us! Bacon, beef, steak, fried chicken, all the skins and animals they hang on the walls, zoos, pets, and in the massive animal shelters, they mur<_>der us when we don't get adopted!" <br> Rossie squacked. "I never though of it that way...." <br> Joejo yipped. "HOW ARE WE GOING TO CROSS THE OCEAN!" <br> "First, we'll start with our town. Then, we'll get the nearest farms. Then, we'll take the cities. Once we own our state, we will get the nearest states. Finally, we will own america! And eventually, we will have the world. Remember not to get shot." <br> "No way. You can't take the world! You're just a cat!" <br> "I may be a cat, Rossie, but I know a certain parot who can speak people." <br> "UUGH. I don't speak people very well!" <br> "How are we going to do this?" Joejo bu<_>tted in. <br> "It doesn't matter how well, just as long as you can," Carrie snapped at Rossie. She then turned to Joejo. "We will convince every animal." <p> (Get a notepad and start writing down names and whatnot. You'll need it. Three reveiws and I continue!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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