The Jungle

by Sinclair, Upton Year Published:
A major muckracking novel responsible for the overhauling of the meatpacking industry, this depicts the heartbreaking disenchantment of Ona and Jurgis, two Lithuanian immigrants who came to the dream of America, expecting that with hard work the opportunity for the good life would be possible. Powerless against the meat factory system and the people who preyed upon their naiveté, a child dead, dream destroyed, they become the hopeless.