Working Conditions in Meatpacking Plants

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Working Conditions in Meatpacking Plants
The plight of workers at meatpacking plants first gained national attention when the muckraker Upton Sinclair published his book The Jungle in 1906. The book followed a Lithuanian immigrant who worked in the Chicago stock yards and endured first hand the horrendous working conditions within meatpacking plants. Low wages and unsafe working conditions were the norm at that time. “He told how dead rats were shoveled into sausage-grinding machines; how bribed inspectors looked the other way when diseased cows were slaughtered for beef, and how filth and guts were swept off the floor and packaged as ‘potted ham’” (Blackwell 1). Although the book found worldwide acclaim and prompted President Theodore...
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