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Unformatted text preview: ulder injuries, lacerations, amputations, exposure to dangerous chemicals, and memorably, a workplace accident in which a
man fell into a vat and got turned into lard. The plant kept running, and the lard was sold to unsuspecting consumers. Human beings,
Sinclair argued, had been made “cogs in the great packing machine,” easily replaced and entirely disposable. President Theodore Roosevelt
ordered an independent investigation of The Jungle’s sensational details. The accuracy of the book was confirmed by federal investigators,
who found that Chicago’s meatpacking workers labored “under conditions that are entirely unnecessary and unpardonable, and which are a
constant menace not only to their own health, but to the health of those who use the food products prepared by them.”
The popular outrage inspired by The Jungle led Congress to enact food safety legislation in 1906. Little was done, however, to improve
the lives of packinghouse workers, whose misfortune had inspired Upton Sincl...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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