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					    The Jungle by
    Upton Sinclair
“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by
    accident I hit it in the stomach.”
Upton Sinclair
                “Hello! I’m Upton Sinclair, and
                 I’m here to write the Uncle
                 Tom’s Cabin of the Labor
                 Movement”
                Went to Chicago to write
                 about the meatpacking district
                Was paid by a newspaper, the
                 Appeal to Reason
                Rented an apartment and
                 immersed self in the city
                 (talking to people, taking
                 photographs)
   Chicago
    Stockyards
The Story
   The wedding of Jurgis Rudkus and Ona.
   The Rudkus family came to US for the
    promise of a better life.
   They fall deep into debt and get into
    trouble with con men.
   Jurgis gets a job in the Chicago
    Stockyards.
   Some other bad stuff happens, and
    Jurgis heads into rural America where he
    can’t find work.
   He wanders into a socialist meeting,
    which he believes will fix all of the
    problems.
   Meat
    Inspectors
What it did:
   Highlights problems of working class
   Show corruption of American meatpacking industry
   Novel shows poverty, absence of social programs, bad
    living and working conditions, hopelessness among
    working class, and corruption in elite
   Readers fixated on the
    conditions of food safety,
    instead of working conditions
   Rejected 5 times before it
    was finally published
   Meatpacking
    Factory

				
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