The Jungle By Upton Sinclair

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The Importance of “The Jungle” The Jungle is a book that was written in 1906, in the middle of the Progressive Era. It was written by Upton Sinclair for the purpose to try to awaken the reader to the terrible living conditions of immigrants in the cities. This novel specifies in every little detail about the living conditions and the working conditions of the immigrants. In this book, Sinclair indirectly articulates what the American Dream was and what it meant for all the immigrants, with a purpose to reach people’s hearts, but instead it led them to worry about their own health. The 20th century progressivism was a response to the vast changes brought by modernization, such as the growth of large corporations and railroads and fears of corruption in the American politics. The Jungle was a novel that became significant for the 20th century progressivism because it stroke towards the growing corporations, such as the railroads and the meat industry. Not only that, it also shared very precise details about it by explaining to the reader what people would go through and what they would do to live. It began as a social movement and it later grew into a political movement. This book brought concerns to the meat eaters and the president due to the very specific details on how the filthy meat was being produced, which caused them to investigate the production of the meat and the working conditions in the meat factories. All of the stuff that Sinclair mentioned in the book were…

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