Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and Progressive Era Reform


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Upton Sinclair’s "The Jungle" and Progressive Era Reform
When journalist Upton Sinclair published his book The Jungle, originally a magazine serial, he hoped that the novel would prompt American society to revolt against capitalistic government and move the masses to rise to socialism. Sinclair, however, did not succeed in his efforts; instead what the book did was bring attention to the atrocities of the meatpacking industry, which led to strengthening legislation that eventually brought about the formation of the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies and progressive reforms. Socialism, at the turn of the 20th century, was a radical concept, which it still is today. What Sinclair hoped to attain with his book was...
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.....m democracy; the country was founded on democracy and its individualism. He appropriates this correctly when he writes “… and when you started to tell (a factory worker) about Socialism he would sniff and say, ‘I’m not interested in thatI’m an individualist!’” (Sinclair, 1906, p. 320). This sentence, in essence, says it all as to why radical socialism reform did not, and still will not, work in America.
Sinclair, despite his best efforts, tried and failed to promote a socialism reform in his quasi-autobiographical novel; however, he did succeed in causing the government to take notice of the horrendous working conditions in the meatpacking industry in Chicago.
Sinclair, U. (1906; 1984). The Jungle. Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books.