Upton Sinclair's book “The Jungle” is a vivid portrait that exposes the appalling working conditions and the way American meat packing factories operated at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a grim look at life in the past that led to the federal government stepping in and making new regulations for the food industry, still in place today. It is Sinclair's remarkable contribution to literature and social reform that made this possible. This is one of the most impactful books on American history, because this book alone actually brought a direct and permanent reform on the meat packing industry, that made life better for all Americans.
“The Jungle” becomes somewhat more interesting as you read it, if you remember that because of the book any
History 102 Biography
SUPA American History
February 18th, 2015
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This online magazine article discusses the triumphs and downfalls of Upton Sinclair. It