Tuesday, 10 July 2012
The Greenock Jungle
Written in 1907, John Maclean's take on Upton Sinclairs "The Jungle" explores council corruption, profiteering and exploitation of working class Greenock. With its vivid descriptions of diseased carcasses and rotten meat, it is not an easy read, or a pleasant one; but it is a window into a Greenock which has only recently passed out of living memory. Macleans pamphlet resulted in an enquiry being launched by the Local Government Board and a meat inspector being appointed to the slaughterhouse.
We republished this pamphlet in 2000, it was sold in very limited numbers with profits being donated to non-political organisations committed to improving social conditions for ordinary people around the world.
The Greenock Jungle - John Maclean