Cover for BARRETT: Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922

Work and Community in the Jungle

Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of an Illinois State Historical Society Award of Superior Achievement, 1988.

Exploring the everyday lives of Chicago's meatpacking workers

Mythologized by Upton Sinclair as hopeless, Chicago's packinghouse workers were in fact active agents in the early twentieth century transformation that swept urban industrial America. James R. Barrett's award-winning study explores how the lives and neighborhoods of packinghouse workers convey the experience of mass production work, the quality of working class life, the process of class formation and fragmentation, the effects of unionization, and the changing character of class relations. Merging history and analysis with contemporary social surveys and a computer-assisted analysis of census data, Barrett delves into a wide range of social, economic, and cultural factors that resulted in class cohesion and fragmentation.


"A first-class study of urbanization, immigration and ethnic influences, corporate technology and management, social conditions, and the impact of war on a specialized sector of the economy. Solidly researched, the volume is written in an exciting, absorbing style."--Illinois Historical Journal

"Barrett's book on the Chicago packinghouse workers revises in important ways our notions about how class formation took place among immigrant industrial workers. It is a fine example of the innovative work currently underway on the social history of American labor."--David Brody, author of Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the Twentieth-Century Struggle


James R. Barrett is a professor emeritus in the History Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism and The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/68xqs8kr9780252061363.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
The Spirit of Labor - Cover
The Spirit of Labor

Hutchins Hapgood Introduction and Notes by James R. Barrett

Exploring the Land of Lincoln - Cover
Exploring the Land of Lincoln

The Essential Guide to Illinois Historic Sites

Charles Titus

Labor's End - Cover
Labor's End

How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work

Jason Resnikoff

Punks in Peoria - Cover
Punks in Peoria

Making a Scene in the American Heartland

Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett

The Labor Board Crew - Cover
The Labor Board Crew

Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era

Ronald W. Schatz

Graphic News - Cover
Graphic News

How Sensational Images Transformed Nineteenth-Century Journalism

Amanda Frisken

Dressed for Freedom - Cover
Dressed for Freedom

The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox

Dangerous Ideas on Campus - Cover
Dangerous Ideas on Campus

Sex, Conspiracy, and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK

Matthew C. Ehrlich

Tennis - Cover
Tennis

A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

Greg Ruth

Radicals in the Heartland - Cover
Radicals in the Heartland

The 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois

Michael V. Metz

Technology and the Historian - Cover
Technology and the Historian

Transformations in the Digital Age

Adam Crymble

A Hero on Mount St. Helens - Cover
A Hero on Mount St. Helens

The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston

Melanie Holmes