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Upton Sinclair's classic revelatory novel about turn-of-the-century business and immigrant labor practices centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant in search of a better life who instead faces an epic struggle for survival.

His story of factory life in Chicago in the early 20th century is a saga of barbarous working conditions, crushing poverty, crime, disease, and despair. Sinclair’s vivid depiction of the horrors of Chicago’s stockyards and slaughterhouses aroused such public indignation that a government investigation was called, eventually resulting in the passage of pure-food laws. More than a hundred years later, The Jungle continues to pack the same emotional power it did when it was first published.

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