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Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made

by Dominic A Pacyga

Slaughterhouse tells the story of the Union Stock Yard, chronicling the rise and fall of an industrial district that served as the public face of Chicago for decades. Dominic A Pacyga is a guide like no other — he grew up in the shadow of the stockyards, spend summers in their hog house and cattle yards, and maintains a long-standing connection with the working-class neighborhoods around them. Pacyga takes readers through the packinghouses as only an insider can, covering the rough and toxic life inside the plants and their lasting effects on the world outside. He shows how the yards shaped the surrounding neighborhoods and controlled the livelihoods of thousands of families.


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