Upton Sinclair is known as a muckraker, he wrote a book The Jungle and it was about the corruption of the meat industry. In his novel he stated that the workers were forced to make food out of old and spoiled meats. The spoiled meat was either canned or chopped up and made into sausages. (Doc B) After The Jungle was published in 1906, it caused a lot of people to worry about what they were eating and what else they were ingesting was made out of. During this time, president Theodore Roosevelt made the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Roosevelt also passed the Meat Inspection Act in 1906 too. These acts were passed because of the novel The Jungle written by the known muckraker Upton Sinclair. (Doc L)
After the publication, sales skyrocketed. The public was mortified by the gruesome happenings inside the meat-packing industry. Sinclair was alarmed by the response, however, because he viewed that the public had eyes only for the condition of the meat, and little for the troubles of factory workers. Sinclair said, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach." (“Upton Sinclair's The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing
The Jungle caused such an outcry that President Roosevelt tried to mandate government enforcement of sanitary and health standards in the food industry. After Congress wouldn’t pass a meat inspection bill, Roosevelt released the findings of the Neill-Reynolds report. The Neill-Reynolds’s report found that the meat packing industry was as horrendous as Sinclair claime...
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At the turn of the twentieth century “Muckraking” had become a very popular practice. This was where “muckrakers” would bring major problems to the publics attention. One of the most powerful pieces done by a muckraker was the book “The Jungle”, by Upton Sinclair. The book was written to show the horrible working and living conditions in the packing towns of Chicago, but what caused a major controversy was the filth that was going into Americas meat. As Sinclair later said in an interview about the book “I aimed at the publics heart and by accident hit them in the stomach.”# The meat packing industry took no responsibility for producing safe and sanitary meat.
Upton Sinclair, the author of The Jungle, wrote this novel to unveil the atrocious working conditions and the contaminated meat in meat-packing workhouses. It was pathos that enabled his book to horrify hundreds of people and to encourage them to take a stand against these meat-packing companies. To obtain the awareness of people, he incorporated a descriptive style to his writing. Ample amounts of imagery, including active verbs, abstract and tangible nouns, and precise adjectives compelled readers to be appalled. Durham, the leading Chicago meat packer, was illustrated, “having piles of meat... handfuls of dried dung of rats...rivers of hot blood, and carloads of moist flesh, and soap caldrons, craters of hell.” ( Sinclair 139). His description
The book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair served as the catalyst to a movement in which the American public demanded the right to safe food causing the government to respond to this responsibility.
The novel follows a family of immigrants from Lithuania working in a meatpacking factory, and as the novel progresses, the reader learns of the revolting conditions within the factories. Sinclair’s The Jungle illustrates the concept of Bitzer’s “Rhetorical Situation” and Emerson’s quote quite effectively. For instance, the horrendous safety and health conditions of the packing factories were the exigencies that Upton Sinclair was making clear to the reader. The rhetorical audience that Sinclair aimed to influence with his novel was Congress and the president, as both had to agree in order to establish health and safety bills to better the conditions within factories. Sinclair’s efforts did not go unnoticed as in 1906 both the Meat Inspection Act, and the Pure Food and Drug act were approved by both Congress and President Theodore Roosevelt (Cherny,
Capitalism underwent a severe attack at the hands of Upton Sinclair in this novel. By showing the misery that capitalism brought the immigrants through working conditions, living conditions, social conditions, and the overall impossibility to thrive in this new world, Sinclair opened the door for what he believed was the solution: socialism. With the details of the meatpacking industry, the government investigated and the public cried out in disgust and anger. The novel was responsible for the passage of The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. With the impact that Sinclair must have known this book would have, it is interesting that he also apparently tried to make it fuction as propaganda against capitalism and pro-socialism.
In 1906, socialist Upton Sinclair published The Jungle, a book he hoped would awaken the American people to the deplorable conditions of workers in the meat packing industry. Instead, the book sent the country reeling with its description of filthy, rat infested plants, suspect meats processed and sold to consumers, and corrupt government inspectors. President Roosevelt became seriously concerned by the charges brought forth by Mr. Sinclair and determined the only way to protect consumers from unscrupulous business and unsafe food was to enforce regulation.
Upton Sinclair published the book called The Jungle about the terrible, unsanitary conditions of the meat factory. Upton Wrote about all of the things that were put into the gross meat. Some of the things that were put in were harmful to humans. Lots of people read The Jungle and learned about the terrible things that were happening. Eventually, the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed in 1906. These laws were to protect people from getting
From respectable authorities on the subject, and the 1906 Food and Drugs Act itself, gave paticual understanding of the events effecting that time period, a understanding of certain points in the novel “The Jungle”, and how the government went about solving the nation’s going problem, has lead myself to agree that Upton Sinclairs’s
In 1906, The Jungle by Uptown Sinclair was released, revealing the working conditions of the slaughterhouses. After this book was released, the investigators confirmed that the claim that the book made was true; as a result, the Congress made food safety legislation. Although the Congress made the food safety legislation, nothing was done about the conditions the workers worked in. Then during the depression, the unions were successful in making their contract with the slaughterhouse companies increasing their wages and getting better working
The meat inspection act of 1906 was an american law that makes it a crime to adulterate or misbrand meat products being sold as food.This law was passed partly because of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle,as well as other muckraking publcations which brough huge attention to the health risks within Chicago meat packing facilities and confirmed the rumors of the terrible working conditions within the factories. Rumors such as rats falling
The Meat Inspection Act of 1906 was a result of Theodore Roosevelt reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Roosevelt was suspicious of Sinclair’s socialist attitude and its conclusions so he sent the labor commissioner and a social worker to Chicago to make surprise visits to meat packaging facilities. Even when some of the packaging plants tried to clean up the plant before the men came the two men were disgusted at the conditions at the plants and the lack of concern by plant managers. Following the report from these men President Roosevelt became a supporter of meat packaging regulation. This act stated that the USAD will inspect meat processing plants that conduct business in interstate commerce. There were 3 regulations: 1. Mandatory inspections