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Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Who was Upton Sinclair?. Immigrant Story. Family in Chicago. Tenement Building. Pork Industry- Chicago. Beef Industry- Chicago. Themes in the Jungle. Evils of Capitalism The Immigrant Experience The American Dream Corruption Child Labor Working Conditions

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immigrant story
Immigrant Story

Family in Chicago

themes in the jungle
Themes in the Jungle
  • Evils of Capitalism
  • The Immigrant Experience
  • The American Dream
  • Corruption
  • Child Labor
  • Working Conditions
  • Living Conditions
  • Family Traditions
  • Social Darwinism
  • The Jungle
push factors
Push Factors
  • A dramatic population increase
  • The spread of commercial agriculture
  • The rise of the factory system
After President Theodore Roosevelt read The Jungle ordered an investigation of the meat-packing industry.
  • He also met Sinclair and told him that while he disapproved of the way the book preached socialism
  • he agreed that "radical action must be taken to do away with the efforts of arrogant and selfish greed on the part of the capitalist."
With the passing of the Pure Food and Drugs Act (1906) and the Meat Inspection Act (1906), Sinclair was able to show that novelists could help change the law. This in itself inspired a tremendous growth in investigative journalism. Theodore Roosevelt became concerned at this development and described it as muckraking. Sinclair was now a well-known national figure and decided to accept the offer of the Socialist Party to become its candidate for Congress in New Jersey. The venture was unsuccessful with Sinclair winning only 750 out of 24,000 votes.
Felt immigrants were ignorant
  • Associated with lawlessness
  • Losing Protestant Character- Catholic influx of immigrants
  • Hostility towards Jews
  • Doubted the nation’s capactiy to absorb such large numbers of immigrants