Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle," which inspired passage in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act, stands as a classic of twentieth-century American literature and social protest. In this accessible and thorough edition by Christopher Phelps, a critical introduction addresses the wide range of issues raised by the text, including early twentieth-century working conditions, immigrant community, race and gender, political reform, and the continuing relevance of Sinclair's investigation. This edition uses the most widely recognized text of "The Jungle" -- the Doubleday, Page edition published in 1906 -- and provides an illuminating supporting document: President Theodore Roosevelt's delivery to Congress of the official report that confirmed "The Jungle"'s shocking allegations about the Chicago meatpacking industry. Questions for consideration, a chronology, and a selected bibliography help contextualize Sinclair's novel and provide students with resources for further study.
|Book:||The Jungle (Bedford Series in History and Culture)|
|Author:||Upton Sinclair Christopher Phelps|
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