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The Jungle

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The Jungle

Author: Upton Sinclair

Year Published: 1906

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  • This is a novel about the lives of immigrants in the United States.   What I recall most were Lewis' exposure of practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century.  
  • The book depicts poverty, the absence of social programs, unpleasant living and working conditions, and the hopelessness prevalent among the working class in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century.   Because of the book, public pressure led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. – Kentucky Labor Cabinet  
  • A classic, showing the deplorable working conditions in turn of century meat-packing industry.  Prompted Teddy Roosevelt to enact food safety legislation.
  • Humanizes immigrants and shows the deplorable conditions that they have worked in in the past and even sometimes now.  Very important read.
  • This book helped create reform of workplace rules in the meat packing industry. 
  • Written in 1906 this book talks about the harsh life and poor safety and health working conditions of American workers in the stockyards on Chicago. Its a great historical book. I can relate to it as a safety and health inspector. We take for granted many of the agencies and laws that protect us. But come the 1900's things were different. This book is a must read!
  • This book describes the US meat packing industry as well as the labor movement in the US in the early part of the 20th century
  • The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by author and journalist Upton Sinclair. This book is a moving tribute to the millions of immigrants who came to the United States, who found jobs, and who were ready to work for their share of the American Dream. The novel depicts in harsh tones the poverty, absence of social programs, unpleasant living and working conditions, and the hopelessness prevalent among workers during the early-20th century in the United States. Sinclair wrote the novel to highlight the plight of the working class and to show the corruption of the American meatpacking industry. It is an important book on the labor history of the United States.
  • It opened our eyes to the depth and horror of what corporations will do in the absence of regulations, e.g., butchers whose fingers are chopped off.
  • It portraits how greedy businessmen can be and how they don't care about their workers or the people who will use their products.  It's all about profits.  Even today workers around the world still face terrible working conditions.  
  • This book changed how America handles meat processing and packing plants.
  • It highlighted the plight of immigrants to America as well as the horrendous conditions in the meat packing industry. Many would say it led to the creation of what we now know as the FDA.
  • This book should be on the list because it emphasized the role of unions in the workforce and demanded stronger workplace safety rules. The book also led to the passage of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, so it had a wide-ranging impact on American workers.
  • It's a story that changed perceptions of the meatpacking industry and immigrants by journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair. Researched in detail and written ahead of it's time, it is a literary classic. This novel sparked an inquisition from some on Capitol Hill, and helped set the foundation for the establishment of Food and Drug Administration.
  • This book brought about changes to the working conditions and wage slavery of the meat packing industry early in the 20th century. I think this book parallels some of the current working class environments. Men and women deserve respect and compassion no matter what their job is or their station in life.
  • Jack London called Sinclair's book "the Uncle Tom's Cabin of wage slavery".  It exposed horrible work conditions and other abuses of income disparity. Sinclair went undercover as a worker in Chicago's meat-packing plant in researching this book. It directly resulted in the public backlash that led to reformative legislation in the US.
  • This book helped create the FDA to protect us!
  • This novel brought an enormous amount of attention to the conditions in slaughterhouses--both for animals and for people, as well as the plight of the working poor. It's also unputdownable!
    This book had a deep and immediate political throughout the United States and drove labor and agricultural reform, leading to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act mere months after publication.
  • This book depicts the work situation for immigrant labor and also the excesses of industry.  Everyone should read this book...and be thankful for the government agencies and programs that attempt to provide worker's protections and clean food and water
  • Not only did it expose the practices of the meat-packing industry, it highlighted the exploitation of the workers and the experience of immigrants in working America.
  • A riveting story about the meat packing industry in the 20th century
  • The images created have not left my mind since I read it over 10 years ago. The book had an impact of the meat packing industry but it also brought compassion for the immigrant workers.
  • The images created have not left my mind since I read it over 10 years ago. The book had an impact of the meat packing industry but it also brought compassion for the immigrant workers.
  • If anyone has read it, they will know.
  • Compare conditions for workers a century ago to what they are now.


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