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The Working Man’s RewardChicago's Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl$
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Elaine Lewinnek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769223.001.0001

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Lake and Jungle

Lake and Jungle

The Assembly-Line Factory as a Force for Suburbanization

(p.64) Chapter 3 Lake and Jungle
The Working Man’s Reward

Elaine Lewinnek

Oxford University Press

Beginning in the 1860s Chicago’s assembly-line factories moved to the suburbs in search of cheaper land and lighter government oversight. Workers followed the factories to the suburbs. This chapter analyzes two classic representations of the Town of Lake, later known as Packingtown: Samuel Eberly Gross’s advertisement “The Working-Man’s Reward” (1891) and Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle (1905), reconsidering The Jungle as a story of suburbanization.

Keywords:   industrial suburbs, working-class suburbanization, Chicago, Packingtown, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

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