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In the Book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair the extreme horrors of the meat packing industry in the 1900s were exposed to all He vividly displayed the hardships that new immigrants had faced upon their arrival to this great nation Also I found that this book was a huge promoter of socialism and it was believed that this method of economy would be the end of poverty in America The book goes through the life a Lithuanian family that just moved to America in pursuit of wealth and prosperity They had no idea what was about to become of them The story opens with the feast at Jurgis and Onas wedding in America but soon flashes back to the time before they left Lithuania Unfortunately they were too poor to have a wedding since Onas father just died In the hopes of finding freedom and fortune they left for America bringing many members of Onas family with them After arriving in America they are taken to Packingtown to find work Packingtown is a section of Chicago where the meat packing industry is centralized They take a tour of the plant and see the unbelievable efficiency and speed at which hogs and cattle are butchered cooked packed and shipped In Packingtown no part of the animal is wasted The tour guide specifically says They use everything about the hog except the squeal page 38 Jurgiss brawny build quickly gets him a job on the cattle killing beds The other members of the family soon find jobs except for the children They are put into school At first Jurgis is happy with his job and America but he soon learns that America is plagued by corruption dishonesty and bribery He is forced to work at high speeds for long hours with low pay and so is the rest of the family He is cheated out of his money several times The children must leave school and go
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