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Commentary In the Gilded Age immigrants from all over the world became part of Americas working nation in hopes of finding a new and better life for themselves and their families As more and more new families moved to America with high hopes more and more people fell victims to the organized society politics and institutions better described as the system The system was like a jungle implying that only the strong survived and the weak perished Bosses always picked the biggest and strongest from a throng of people desperate for work and if you were big and strong you were more likely to get the job then if you were small and weak Packing town was also a Jungle in the sense that the people with more authority or political power acted as predators and preyed on the working people taking their money unfairly because of the their lack of knowledge on the pitfalls of the New World and their inability to speak and understand the universal language adequately The unjust and corrupt system kept workers from speaking out when they felt they had been wronged and punished them when they did As a result of the system men women and even children were overworked underpaid and taken advantage of Working immigrants werent any better off in American then they were in their homeland as they soon discovered Dreams that any people had of America were washed away by the corrupt ways of the system In the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair the Rudkus family continually found themselves prey to the system After Ona found a job to keep it she was expected to do things that she didnt want to such as earning money in a prostitution ring for her forelady Ona being a faithful wife didnt want any part in the prostitution chain and was reluctant to be a part of it but a job was no easy thing to
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