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Back of the Yards

Back of the Yards

Visit the Back of the Yards neighborhood and setting for Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

The Back of the Yards neighborhood, located in back of the Union Stockyards and composed of Packingtown, Town of Lake, and New City, was the setting of Upton Sinclair's classic 1906 novel, The Jungle. Permeated by an unforgettable smell, Back of the Yards was a melting pot of immigrants, many who worked in the stockyards. In 1894, Mary McDowell started the University of Chicago Settlement House in Back of the Yards. She improved living conditions and in 1905 helped create Davis Square Park. The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council was founded in 1939 by Joseph Meegan, Saul Alinsky, and Bishop Bernard Sheil and is America's oldest not for profit community based organization. It consisted of 185 delegate organizations involving residents, business owners, churches, parks, schools, and social clubs that worked to advocate improvements. The council motto continues on as "We the people will work out our own destiny." Relive the bustling activity and the lives of the people in the neighborhood through the historic images in Back of the Yards.

Publication Date: 
May 1, 2007

Paperback Fiction

Murder at Mallowan Hall
By: Cambridge, Colleen
Family Izquierdo
By: Degollado, Rubén
My Brother
By: Smirnoff, Karin
Jealousy Man and Other Stories
By: Nesbo, Jo
Harlem Shuffle
By: Whitehead, Colson
Morning Star
By: Knausgaard, Karl Ove
System So Magnificent It Is Blinding
By: Svensson, Amanda
Sleeping Car Porter
By: Mayr, Suzette
Cloud Cuckoo Land
By: Doerr, Anthony

Hardcover Non-Fiction

By: Zamora, Javier
By: Beaton, Kate
Faith Hope and Carnage
By: O'Hagan, Seán
Woman Without Shame
By: Cisneros, Sandra
Stay True
By: Hsu, Hua
Lady Justice
By: Lithwick, Dahlia
What If 2
By: Munroe, Randall
One Hundred Saturdays
By: Frank, Michael
The Breach
By: Riggleman, Denver

Hardcover Fiction

Author: Turow, Scott
Door of No Return
Author: Alexander, Kwame
Golden Enclaves
Author: Novik, Naomi
Shrines of Gaiety
Author: Atkinson, Kate
Shadow Murders
Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Best of Friends
Author: Shamsie, Kamila
Mr. Wilder and Me
Author: Coe, Jonathan
We Spread
Author: Reid, Iain
Author: Backman, Fredrik