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The Jungle - Ashley Bukiri September 15th 2006 U.S History...

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Ashley Bukiri September 15 th , 2006 U.S History After 1877 Section 003 Dr. Barnhart At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century the United States was a booming country of industry. Government played a small role in the lives of the American people and in the matters of big business. Capitalism was at its purest form; owners of businesses and industry were not restricted and profited very much off the backs of their workers. Europeans saw the United States as the land of opportunity, unlike their own countries that were corrupt and restrictive; to go to America meant you had a chance at something better for yourselves and your family. This is where the “American Dream” was born, the view of the Statue of Liberty after months at sea brought hope and happiness to millions who dreamed of the utopian way of life America offered. The novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair however, painted a very different image of the life an immigrant would no doubt lead if they came to the capitalistic United States, one of filth and sickness, and very little hope of a bright new American life. To fully understand The Jungle you have to understand the author. Upton Sinclair was a know socialist in the early nineteenth century, he longed for political change and wrote many other books in his life attacking the capitalism of American government. Not saying that his books did not achieve any good social changes, The Jungle forced serious thought about the sanitation of the food industry and the health of the American people. Today health codes are forced by law for all food industry’s making disease and death by
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unhealthy food almost non-existent. However, Sinclair’s real mission was to get the American worker to start thinking is a Socialistic way, the title The Jungle is his way of saying that the competition of capitalism has turned American society into a barbaric survival of the fittest where, “might makes right” (p. 32). Rather than praising
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