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Sam Anderson & Lance Thompson Mr. Sorensen US History 1-2 B 11-1-16 Health Codes In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote a book called The Jungle that was based on his observations of the slaughterhouses in Chicago. In the text it says, “There would be meat stored in great piles in rooms; and the water from leaky roofs would drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about on it. It was too dark in these storage places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats. These rats were nuisances, and the packers would put poisoned bread out for them; they would die, and then rats, bread, and meat would go into the hoppers together.” Living conditions as well as work conditions were very poor in the early 1900s. Tenements were disgusting with disease running rampant among the people living there. Buildings were very unsafe for disasters like fire. It was very difficult for people to escape a burning building. Some building structures were also very unsecure. During these conditions the health status of the population was also very poor.
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