Upton Sinclair s muckraking masterpiece The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working in Chicago s infamous Packingtown. Instead of finding the American Dream, Rudkus and his family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless conmen, and corrupt politicians.
Salt Lake City : Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, 2006.
Here is the dramatic expose of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the century that prompted an investigation by Theodore Roosevelt which culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906.The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclair's own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out.