EXCERPT FROM THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair (1906) Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a famous twentieth century poet who often experimented with different genres. The Jungle , published in 1906, exposed the harsh conditions of the meatpacking industry in Chicago and other similar industrial cities. Public pressure during the aftermath of the book’s publication led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act, which helps ensure that meat is packaged under sanitary conditions. 1) Who wrote this story? (upton sinclair) 2) When and where was it written? (chicago,1906) 3) What business is being written about? (meatpacking an industry) With one member trimming beef in a cannery, and another working in a sausage factory, the family had a first-hand knowledge of the great majority of Packingtown swindles. For it was the custom, as they found, whenever meat was so spoiled that it could not be used for anything else, either to can it or else to chop it up into sausage. With what had been told them by Jonas, who had worked in the pickle rooms, they could now study the whole of the spoiled-meat industry on the inside, and read a new and grim meaning into that old Packingtown jest—that they use everything of the pig except the squeal. 4) What did they do with meat that had spoiled? (Can it or chop it up to sausage) Jonas had told them how the meat that was taken out of pickle 1 would often be found sour, and how they would rub it up with soda to take away the smell, and sell it to be eaten on free-lunch counters; also of all the miracles of chemistry which they performed, giving to any sort of meat, fresh or salted, whole or chopped, any color and any flavor and any odor they chose. In the pickling of hams they had an ingenious 1 Pickling Meat is a way of curing and preserving different types of meats and was developed before the days of refrigeration
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