Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Men dress beef, remove hides, and split backbones in Swift's Packing House, Chicago, in the early 1900s.  - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Men dress beef, remove hides, and split backbones in Swift's Packing House, Chicago, in the early 1900s.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

A Readers' Review of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. The novel exposed the plight of immigrants and shocking conditions within the meat packing industry at the start of the 20th century.

For The September Readers' Review, we discuss Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel about an immigrant family's struggles to get ahead in America. It exposed shocking conditions in Chicago's meat packing plants at the start of the 20th century and spurred government regulation of the industry.

Guests

Gardiner Harris

science reporter for The New York Times and author of the mystery novel "Hazard."

Peggy Ann Brown

writer and independent researcher

Lisa Page

president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and creative writing teacher at George Washington University.

Read an Excerpt

From Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle." Reprinted here by kind permission of Oxford University Press.

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