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How The Jungle influenced Social Reform and Socialism.

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Lauren Christina Barry American Literature February 2, 2003 Mr. Waterhouse/ Period 1 How The Jungle influenced Social Reform and Socialism. Beginning in the late 19th century, many people became concerned with many social problems resulting from the industrialization period of the United States. People began to demand reform. The writing of the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was one of the most influential tools used to reform many American industries. In this book, Sinclair focuses on the unsanitary conditions and corruption that was involved in the Chicago meat packing industry. ...read more.

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The book is written from the perspective of an immigrant who recently got a job in a packing town in Chicago. The real story is about Lithuanian immigrants who move to the stockyards of Chicago in hopes of a better life. Unfortunately, their hopes are quickly dashed. Like thousands of other untrained immigrants their need for money forces them into horrible work in order to make ends meet. In the story, he is being shown the different factories and rooms in which the animals are killed and made into the meat which "fed America". ...read more.

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He moved here to the "land of opportunity", when in fact that so called "opportunity" actually brings sadness, misery, and even death. For many of the immigrants of the time the American dream became a nightmare. The working system kept the poor uneducated, unskilled, and unhappy while the rich prospered even more. Even though the abuse was horrible many sat back and took the abuse. Sinclair wanted to change that. Overall, this book awakened many problems that needed serious change in reform, but it didn't really do much other than change the meat standards. Although the story did not persuade me to become a Socialist, I am now considering a vegetarian lifestyle. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading about it. ...read more.

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