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Back of the Yards
Back of the Yards is a neighborhood of Chicago
The neighborhood was named for its location near the Union Stock Yard.
Back of the Yards is an industrial area that was once the site of major meatpacking operations.
Southern and eastern Europeans began arriving in the 1890s. Mexicans followed, starting during WWI.
Activist Saul Alinsky organized one of the first grassroots-community movements here when he led the establishment of the Back-of-the-Yards Council in 1939.
The community was first settled in the 1860s, mostly by Irish immigrants.
Setting for Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"
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