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Read with an Expert | Unpacking “The Jungle” for the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 10

Video and reading guide sent on Tuesday, January 26
Virtual Q&A on Wednesday, February 10, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

CHM members and the Historical Alliance are invited to join Peter T. Alter, CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History, for a close reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906). Alter’s reading guide for the book will lead you through this exposé of the horrid working conditions in the Chicago stockyards and meatpacking plants, providing context and drawing parallels to workers’ struggles in present-day Chicago.

A prerecorded video and reading guide will be sent to registrants on Tuesday, January 26, and we will gather virtually on Wednesday, February 10, for a Q&A session.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 25, to receive the video and reading guide. This exclusive event is free for CHM members and Historical Alliance. Please sign in to the ticketing system to register.

Livestock pens and workers herding sheep at the Union Stock Yards, Chicago, c. 1910. CHM, ICHi-019106; Barnes-Crosby Company, photographer
Two men working with animal carcasses during the Stockyards Strike, Chicago, 1904. DN-0000979, Chicago Daily News collection, CHM
Emile Coue, a French pharmacist and clinical psychotherapist, watches a man working in a slaughterhouse, Chicago, 1923. DN-0075800, Chicago Daily News collection, CHM
Cattle pens at the Union Stock Yard, Chicago, June 13, 1951. DN-N-7181

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Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories