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Jack London is probably most famous for The Call of the Wild and White Fang but his examination of poverty, opportunity, and exploitation in The People of the Abyss remains powerful and visionary -- especially as the 21st century promises new challenges along with our advancements.
This editable Microsoft Word Document includes one chapter of the now public-domain work and some questions to jump-start analysis and discussion. The chapter easily stands on its own and the introduction provides some background. I have used this several times as part of a unit on the Industrial Revolution and students have found it very interesting.