The Jungle By Upton Sinclair

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Gabriel Escobosa
History 103
Professor Katz

The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Book Review

The working conditions in the US in the 20th century were diffcult since workers had to struggle to survive on the daily bases.The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair does not only highlight the life of American workers but also uncovers the infleunce of capitalism in the US, where workers and employees were destined to fight for a living, while the upper-class reaped the benefits of national wealth.The Jungle gives many examples of the contemporary labor issues which are still a detriment to U.S. capitalist system and traditions of the labor unions. Sinclair demonstrates the gap between employers and the employees in his book .
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Sinclair showed that Employers were unconcerned with the safety of their employees as they were always at the high risk of sustaining an injury or becoming ill, as Jurgis and hos coworkers had to suffer this fate. Injury and illness led to workers losing their jobs and their health benefits. At this point in time, there were no legal laws that protected employees that suffered injuries or illness.This prompted the government to establish the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This act forced employers to care for the well being of their employees and their health.

In addition to a poor working environment and a lack of care of their employers for their health,workers also lacked having the benenfits of the social security. For example, when Jurgis sustained a terrible injury and could not work, he was immediately fired and he lost his only way of finacially providing for himself and his family. His employers did not bother to offer him any kind of compensation. His employers just though him as a disposable tool that they used for their personal benefit . As the owners grew richer, their employees, while workers kept living in destitution and struggling to make a living without social security or any other kind of government assistance.

Sinclair also discusses another major issue in his book, the issue of sexual harassment.Jurgis’sister Ona, who was minor was raped her boss on multiple times. She never reported

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