The Jungle

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During the late 1800s and early 1900s hundreds of thousands of European immigrants migrated to the United States of America. The book The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair focuses on the meat packing industry and the hardships and obstacles the immigrants faced. This book had an amazing impact as it publicly exposed the realization of the horrendous work and unsanitary conditions in the meat packing industry that lead to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug act of 1906. The Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906 is a United States Federal Law that provided federal inspection of meat products and forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated food products and poisonous patent medicines. The 1906 Act paved the way for the eventual creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is generally considered to be that agency's founding date.

The Jungle was first published in a serial form because publishers told Sinclair that his novel was too shocking. Eventually he found a publisher and in 1906, The Jungle was published. It became an instant best-seller; Sinclair’s book The Jungle exposed the realization of the conditions of Chicago’s meat packing industry. The book told how bribed inspectors allowed diseased cows to be slaughtered and made into beef. There were also accounts of workers falling into rendering tanks and being ground along with animal parts. In Sinclair’s novel The Jungle hey says, “This is no fairy story and no joke; the meat will be shoveled into carts and the man who did the shoveling will not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one.” (Chapter 14 pg.162) The image of all kinds of waste being dumped in with the consumer’s product is surely revolting; that it is dumped in without any regard for the consumer by greedy capitalists is infuriating. Sinclair himself stated: “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Upton Sinclair originally wanted to show how the American factory workers...
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