The Jungle Assignment - Glinda J Martin History 1302...

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Glinda J. Martin History 1302 Instructor Dr. Olivares April 04,2016 The Jungle Assignment 1. Who is Upton Sinclair (bio) an activist writer whose works, including His involvement with socialism led to a writing assignment about the plight of workers in the meatpacking industry, eventually resulting in the best-selling novel The Jungle (1906). Although many of his later works and bids for political office were unsuccessful, Sinclair earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1943 for Dragon's Teeth . 2. What does the title refer to? The slaughterhouse is a terrible place to work and the actual descriptions in the book are real. The way the animals are treated and the way the potential food is treated would be enough to make anyone ill. The publication of the book lead to public outrage about the meat sold to people as food with the contamination the book described. The jungle also referred to the conditions under which the workers labored. 3. The Jungle is clearly presenting a particular point of view on the social issues Upton Sinclair observes. Where do you see elements of bias that Sinclair uses to make his case that socialism is the best solution to these problems? Toward the end of The Jungle, when Jurgis stumbles into the socialist meeting that later changes his life, many critics complain that his transformation is too swift, too sudden, too unbelievable. Yet, that evangelical, emotional, immediate conversion is exactly what Upton Sinclair intended. Jurgis is able to accept immediately what he hears and to convert fully to this new line of thinking because he has already followed a pattern of believing in things and having these things betray him. By the time Jurgis converts to socialism at the end of The Jungle, he has no other options. He has been longing for someone or something to provide him with answers to what is wrong with the world. He is unable to follow Marija's acceptance of the way of the world, but has nothing to counter her arguments until he finds the rhetoric of socialism. What kinds of arguments might Big Business make in response to Sinclair's accusations? It also, however, led to a report issued the same year by the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Husbandry that refuted the worst of Sinclair's allegations. The public's perception at this time was that the meatpacking industry feared these Acts. What was unrecognized, however, was the fact that meatpackers knew they were viewed with contempt, and facing substantial losses, the industry actually supported the Acts. They just did not want to be the ones to pay for the implementation. These Acts allayed most fears, and ironically, actually favored big business, which was the opposite of Sinclair's intention. If you were a lawyer for the meatpacking industry, how would you respond to The Jungle? As the lawyer for the meatpacking industry i would have mandated that the meat packing industry to submit to a constant
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inspections and investigations by the Department of Agricultural which would be paid for by the meat packing industry. In addition the meat would stamps with the times and the date before
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