The Jungle is a 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair about the hardships and injustices experienced by immigrants to the United States. The novel follows the Lithuanian family of Jurgis Rudkis, who come to Chicago and soon find themselves living and working in appalling impoverished conditions, mistreated by employers and denied help or opportunities to succeed. Though the family is perhaps destroyed beyond repair, in the end Jurgis finds hope in a group of socialists who eventually employ him.

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