Comparing King Coal 'And The Jungle'

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King Coal was another novel that really shows the inhumane treatment of workers. The protagonist, Hal, is beaten by the company guards near the beginning of the novel under suspicion of being a strike-leader, and the company is shown time and time again to care very little about its workers – when an explosion happens in the mines, the company focuses more on saving the equipment than saving its workers. King Coal, however, did not incite the public outrage that The Jungle did, and again, the unions were primarily responsible for change in the coal mining industry. However, the novel did, perhaps in a more relatable way than The Jungle, expose the public to the evils of “wage slavery”, which Sinclair would surely appreciate. Two years after
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