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The Jungle

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Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” Moves the Government

To Clean Up the Food Supply

Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” gave the most in-depth discreption of the horrid

truths about   the way America’s food companies, “the only source of food for people

living in the city’s,” are preparing the food they sell. “The Jungle” describes the terrible

conditions of a Lithuanian family that moved to the US, and had to work, live, and die for

the food companies in Chicago. “The Jungle” spurred a movement in the American

people to do something about the problems facing the American food supply. Because of

the growing concern about the quality of food in America the government took action to

prevent further problems. Thus the Food and Drug Act of 1906 was passed to fix the

problems. The Food and Drug Act was a true example of how the people of our nation

influenced the government to take action, to solve a growing problem effecting the

American people.

“The Jungle” talks about a couple who move to an area of Chicago, “known as

Packtown,” from Lithuania. Packtown is the center of Chicago’s meat packing industry. It

is a hard, dangerous, and   filthy place where it is difficult to find a job. Some relatives of

the couple and themselves get a house, but find out it is a swindle. Expenses increase and

forces the children of the family to find work like the adults. Jobs in Packtown are

back-breaking , unsafe, and have no regard for individual workers. The oldest of the

family gets a job, but it is to difficult for the old man and he quickly dies. The man of the

couple, “Jurgis,” is forced to work in an unheated packing house during the winter. Jurgis

is injured and cant work for three months receiving no pay. One of the children dies of

food poisoning. Jurgis joins a union and slowly...


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