First EditionUpton Sinclair; Edited with an Introduction by Christopher Phelps©2005
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Inspiring the passage in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act, The Jungle stands as a classic of piece of twentieth-century American literature and social protest. Containing a critical introduction to a wide range of issues raised by the text, including early twentieth-century working conditions, immigrant community, race and gender, political reform, supporting documents illustrate the continuing relevance of the investigation that eventually led to the novel.
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Table of Contents
A Note about the Text
PART ONE Introduction: Upton Sinclair and the Social Novel Into The Jungle Muckraking and Reform in the Progressive Era The Politics of Socialism and Labor The Novel as Social History: Immigration, Ethnicity, Gender, and Race in The Jungle The Jungle as Literature Upton Sinclair and the Legacy of The Jungle Is It Still True?
PART TWO The Jungle
PART THREE Related Document
Charles P. Neill and James Bronson Reynolds, Conditions in Chicago Stock Yards, June 4, 1906
An Upton Sinclair Chronology (1878–1968)
Questions for Consideration