Cheyene BaconAmerican Literature Survey IIDr. Kemeshia R. Swanson24 April 2021Research Paper DraftFreedom of Speech is one of America’s most fundamental rights that has set the structure of today's United States of America. There have been many times throughout history and even today where America as they knew it was changed because of speeches or even literary works that are still quoted today. These pieces of history are essential to the world we know today. Where would we be without free speech? Free speech is a defining part of society in the past andfor our future. To take free speech away would alter the world as we know it to something that we as Americans could not and would not recognize. The First Amendment is a part of the Bill of Rights. Our first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Britannica). The right to free speech is something that should not be limited. Many different literary works have changed the way American’s have looked at the world. Once such work is “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. Upton’s work led to the passage of the“Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906” (History). The “Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 is a law thatpassed in 1906 to remove harmful and misrepresented foods and drugs from the market and
regulate the manufacture and sale of drugs and good involved in interstate trade”. (History) This act extremely important as it stops manufacturers from legally poisoning their clients. Upton’s publication caused the public to become outraged. The American people had learned from Upton’s book that the processing plants were taking short cuts that were poisoning the people. The people who ate the “poisonous red dye or drank liquor that have been distilled with chemical fillers” (Sinclair) were being poisoned without a clue. There is no doubt that Upton’s book influenced history. If he would not have written “The Jungle” then would we have the food or health that we have today?