Book Review: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair–An Examination of Chicago’s Packingtown

Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel, The Jungle, investigates the meatpacking industry of early 20th Century Chicago.  The health issues of the meatpacking employees, the less than desirable working conditions, and the inhumane treatment of the animals were scrutinized by Sinclair.  The Darwinian idea of the “survival of the fittest” is evident in the hierarchy of Packingtown—from […]