• The cover of the book The Jungle

    The Jungle

    In The Jungle, journalist Upton Sinclair exposes the harsh working conditions for immigrants in Chicago. It’s a grim read, but it was so powerful that it actually brought about reforms in the meat packing industry. Jack London even called it “The Uncle Tom’s Cabin of wage slavery.”

     
  • The cover of the book Cannery Row

    Cannery Row

    If your copy of The Grapes of Wrath is looking a little dog-eared, try Cannery Row instead. Set during the Great Depression, it is made up of a series of vignettes of life in the cannery district. The avenue in Monterey, California that inspired Steinbeck has since been renamed Cannery Row in tribute.

     
  • The cover of the book Bread and Roses

    Bread and Roses

    Milton Meltzer’s non-fiction, with its title taken from one of the union songs, is a great introduction to the history of the Labor Union. The book documents workers’ struggle in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, as they were forced unhappily from their specialties into mindless assembly lines.