The causes of the Progressive era were unsafe working conditions. The progressive era was trying to progress forward and make things better and safer. One very important thing the progressive era did was make working conditions safer and that is what ida tarbell did for the standard oil company. Ida tarbell noticed the unsafe working conditions and fixed it. Ida tarbell had a huge impact on the progressive era and how we live today.
One day she has to do the work for her friend Polly because she didn’t show up to work. She does not know why she did not show up to work, but she does the work anyway. Later they find out that Polly died. They do not know why but notice a lot of people in Philadelphia are dieing. Further in the book they find out it is a fever that is killing everyone.
In chapter 1 starts by mentioning about a documentary called “Harvest of Shame” this did not only open the audience eye on how food is produced and grown in the United States, but also the condition of the worker work in and how hunger is such a big deal. The document had a sequel called “Migrant.” “Migrant” talked about the abuse labor in Florida in the citrus groves. This bad press made those companies want to fix their problem and fix their working conditions. Well that’s what they said but it really took two years to make these changes because they were being threaten to being boycotted for there labor situation.
Also, to raise awareness regarding social, political and economic issues during the Progressive Era. Their name was derived from Theodore Roosevelt in reference to “The Man With the Muck Rake” in John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim's Progress” who seeks worldly gain by raking filth. They changed government public policy by issuing out their own articles and books which caused laws to be created and even be changed. Upton Sinclair, “The Jungle” exposed the terrible working condition in the meat-packing industry. This led to Theodore Roosevelt creating two new federal food laws.
After many months of writing his book was published. Much of the population began to take interest in the book. Many were outraged and horrified over the description of the meat packing industry. They looked more closely on the fact that rat infested meat was churned and put into sausages that would later would be set on the table to be fed to people. Many movement were created and pursued to the congress that laws or acts must be pushed to change the gruesome meat production.
The muckrakers were investigative writer during the progressive Era, who wrote about different economic and social issues, such as: monopole of standard oil, children labor, work exploitation, and politic corruption. They criticized the corruption and inequality in the system. Trying to rise the public awareness and to mobilize the interest of the public to fight for change, the muckrakers published books, cartoons and articles in newspapers. Among them was, Jacob Riis who write “How The Other Half Lives” and Upton Sinclair, the author of “The
The strongest analogy used to describe this is when comparing the description of the hogs coming through the slaughterhouse to the immigrants coming into America during the time of the novel. In the novel this event is described as, “brought about ten thousand head of cattle every day,” showing how many immigrants, represented by cattle, these factories would receive looking for work. Then there is the description of how the immigrants are used to there limits then disposed of after they have either been injured or just lost their job, this is shown when said, “They use everything about the hog except the squeal,” this represent how much of the immigrants use of before eventually firing them or losing their job. (27) With the description of how the businesses use the hogs as well as how indispensable the cattle are and that comparison with the immigrants shows how the immigrants are literal animals in the eyes of the
he Progressive Era was when Americans were getting more rights and our country’s economy was changing for the better. There were also people called muckrakers who helped expose the truth about were the poor immigrants of America were living and what the meat making industry was really like. There was also a lot child labor happening which was when children worked in terrible working conditions and didn’t get paid as much as adults did. The senators at the time of the suffrage movement were usually the corrupt business owners of america who would use trusts and monopolies to keep their businesses going. Women were also fighting to have the same amount of rights as men did during this time.
Although this novel gained most of its fame for exposing the horrific conditions present in the meat-packing industry, rather than for its main intended purpose of speaking out for the immigrant workers, The Jungle had a great impact on the United States, as it led to a government response that improved the safety and wellbeing of both the producer and the
“The Jungle” written by Upton Sinclair shares with readers the journey of the life of an immigrant Jurgis Rudkos who works in the meat packing industry. This historic novel greatly affected the food industry in America, Sinclair exposed the true evils of the food industry. Sinclair showed us how the meat packing industries worked, in humane conditions employees worked in, and the horrific products being produced from the plants. In the early 1900’s the meat packing factories were places where immigrants came to work so they could have jobs and provide for their families. They were set to one job and got paid low wages for what they did.
At the turn of the twentieth century a new part of America’s political culture was beginning to emerge due to the country’s advances in technology and specifically in the creation of mass magazine publications. These publications were able to reach largely the country’s growing middle class. These journalists soon noticed that their readers’ yearned for magazine articles that investigated the numerous dilemmas that plagued the American society at that time. The ground breaking journalists were labeled as “muckrakers” by President Roosevelt and often became a source of controversy within America’s political culture. Most muckrakers used their skills of descriptive writing to paint vivid and disturbing pictures of the lives many Americans were
Muckrakers of the Progressive Era The Muckrakers of the progressive era, who are American journalists who attacked established institutions and leaders as corrupted, impacted the progressive reforms by exposing the corruption of working conditions in the meat industry, the living conditions in New York that was caused by the rapid immigration, the growing monopolies and the corrupt political machines that were happening during between the 1890s and 1920s. They have made Americans aware of the corruption and abuses of power during this time period. With the help of the muckrakers, we now have different and effectives acts that we still use today.
These problems were quickly addressed because the majority of the progressive movement was behind such reforms. This is very similar to the American opinion during the build up to and following the Second World War where public opinion of Fascism had grown to near taboo levels where even mentioning the word caused a major scandal over its context. This parallels with the progressive era with their problems before the movements, the fear of oppression and losing their democracy, their spread of information in the media to expose these problems, a new type of muckraking and warmonger media aimed at Nazism, and their coming together in order to solve their problems, the consolidation of power and popular support to declare war after Pearl Harbor and hearing of the lack of success by the Allies. While both of these periods feature change and a unifying cause that brought the divided nation of America back together, there is only one era when such a large amount of change and reform was enacted, whether it be Trust-Busting, Conservation, or the municipal reforms that took place on the lower levels, the Progressive Era is the only time period to pass so many reforms that it was named after its efforts to change despite hugely important events were happening
In the end, the book raised support for socialism, but it did help raise consumer awareness. While the book was non-fiction it was very representative of traditional mudracking journalism. The novel falls into this category for a couple of different reasons. First, it highlighted the unscrupulous practices of the meatpacking industry.