Upton Sinclair Questions:
1. Upton Sinclair was called a "muckraker." How did Sinclair "muckrake" for social reform?
Sinclair visited slaughterhouses, literally wading through muck. Then he wrote about it in his book "The Jungle" so that the public became aware of the terrible unsanitary working conditions in the meat packing industry. As a result, Americans demanded modifications in the regulations for the meat industry. 2. Sinclair was convinced ".... through art one could cause change." What was established as a direct result of the public outcry from this novel?
A direct result of The Jungle was The Pure Food and Drug Act. People were so outraged that their meat was so impure, that the government passed the law. 3. What did the author want to happen as a result of his novel?
He intended his book to be propaganda to promote socialism. Sinclair said "I aimed at the public's heart and by accident hit its stomach." 4. How did the public react to his novel?
They were outraged that their meat was filled with human flesh and other impurities. 5. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle exposed filthy conditions in meat packing plants. The public was outraged and the government responded. In 1992 ABC-News did a similar story, this time in a supermarket.
Visit PBS "Food Lyin."
What did the ABC-News story find was happening in Food Lion stores?
They found that conditions "behind the scenes" at Food Lion were appalling. The workers had even been found washing rotten meat with bleach to get rid of the smell. 6. Could Food Lion prove the findings were false?
At trial, a jury found all defendants liable for fraud, and the two reporters liable for trespass and breach of duty. However, because Food Lion had not sued for libel, the trial judge prohibited it from asking the jury for damages based on harm to its reputation from the broadcast. 7. What was the basis of Food Lion's lawsuit...