Monday, March 27, 2017

Sinclairs Jungle

As you remember the topic of my blog is food. For this entry i decided to write about Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. This was the famous novel that exposed abuses of the meat packing industry, and inspired the passage of the pure food and drug act. I used this link. It explains Sinclair in terms of muckraking, and traces the project back to a commission from a socialist magazine. He imagined a Lithuanian immigrant in Chicago who works in the meat packing industry. He is shocked by the conditions; for example, one of the workers falls into a vat and drowns. Americans reacted against the unsanitary conditions and demanded reform. Eventually Teddy Roosevelt passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, which provided for inspectors. I believe that people should be warned of what they are eating because its wrong to feed people random things.

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