Business: The World's Ex-Hog Butcher

The square mile of stockyards and packing plants on Chicago's South Side long gave the city a distinctive aroma, inspired poets and reformers. Carl Sandburg hailed Chicago as "Hog Butcher for the World." Novelist Upton Sinclair achieved fame with The Jungle, and it was a major factor in the passage of the nation's pure food laws. Sinclair was so revolted by the packing industry that he wound up the book with a prophecy that some day Chicago's great packing industry would wither away. Last week economics was doing what reformers had failed to accomplish. Armour & Co. announced that it will...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!