The Jungle (1906) originally appeared in serial form as The Appeal to Reason in a socialist newspaper. It was so well received that Sinclair Lewis republished the work as a novel, entitled The Jungle. Chronicling the plight of Jurgis and Ona, Lithuanian immigrants to Chicago, the story deals with the plight of the workers in the packing yards of Chicago. The Jungle had a deep and immediate political impact on the country, sending shock waves throughout the United States and causing cries for labor and agricultural reform.
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