The Jungle (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

The Jungle (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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by Upton Sinclair
     
 

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It is the dawn of the twentieth century. Two young Lithuanian immigrants, Jurgis and Ona, hold their wedding celebration in Packingtown, the heart of Chicago’s meat packing district. According to custom, departing guests should give money to help pay for the party and start the newlyweds off in life. But many guests walk out leaving nothing. Ona worries about… See more details below

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It is the dawn of the twentieth century. Two young Lithuanian immigrants, Jurgis and Ona, hold their wedding celebration in Packingtown, the heart of Chicago’s meat packing district. According to custom, departing guests should give money to help pay for the party and start the newlyweds off in life. But many guests walk out leaving nothing. Ona worries about the couple’s debts, but Jurgis calms her, saying, “I will work harder.”

     Strong and confident, Jurgis begins a job in a meatpacking plant, where he bears the twelve-hour work days, the repellent and dangerous labor conditions, and the pitifully low pay. But when his family is cheated in a housing swindle, when his father is forced to turn over one-third of his pay to the man who hired him, and when a sprained ankle costs Jurgis his job, the American Dream that inspired him veers into nightmare. And worse is yet to come.

     Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle after working undercover in Chicago’s meatpacking district for seven weeks. His aim was to draw America’s attention to the plight of exploited immigrant workers and usher in a new age of socialism. Indeed, the public was horrified, but not by workers’ suffering. Rather, Sinclair’s graphic descriptions of the industry’s filthy conditions and use of diseased animals quickly led to passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435141155
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
370,989
File size:
5 MB

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