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Working Conditions In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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Upton Sinclair wrote a book from the early 1900’s called The Jungle. The book is centered around a family who immigrated to America. The family goes through a lot of hardships and troubles during the industrialization era. Life back then was hard for the average person. Most people did not have much money to buy food and necessities, and many lived in rural areas, mostly immigrants. Industrialization upgraded machines, but downgraded people’s health due to more pollutants getting put into the air. Along with this there were very poor working conditions that decreased people’s health. Upton Sinclair showed that industries should have safer and more sanitary working conditions before employing people to work and distributing their product, in order to decrease the amount of injuries and illnesses, in The Jungle. Sinclair wrote about how most of the machines in the factories were very dangerous. Many of the machines were run by the working men/women, so when a machine broke the man/woman working at it usually had to try to fix it. This led to many injuries, because when the man/woman would stick their hand in the machine sometimes it…show more content…
They had inspectors at the factories to check the animals and make sure they did not have an illness or disease, but most of the inspectors did not do their jobs right. Since the inspectors did not do their job right some of the animals, that went through the process of becoming packaged meat, had diseases or viruses that no one knew about. Eventually, this meat ended up in a grocery store where anyone could buy it. So, essentially someone would have been eating diseased meat that could have been also spoiled. This led to many illnesses for working men/women in general, because most of the “working class” could not afford more high class meat, so they dealt with the diseased and spoiled meat, which often led to the people getting
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