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The Impact of The Jungle Upton Sinclair the author of The Jungle is known as the worlds greatest muckraker because of his exposure of some of the worlds problems in his literature and journalism In 1904 he was commissioned by a socialist newspaper to investigate and record the living and working conditions in Chicagos stockyards Sinclair observed the working environment in the stockyards for seven weeks to gather information In 1905 The Jungle was published serially in the Appeal to Reason Despite the popularity of Sinclairs work it was almost impossible to get it published in book form because it disclosed information of the meat industries unsanitary working conditions and the description of the plight of immigrants in America After checking that Sinclairs observations in it were true Ultimately Doubleday Page and Company published The Jungle in 1906Moore 181 Because of its unfathomable subjects and horrifying descriptions The Jungle had tremendous impact on the nation by informing the people of the unsanitary and horrible working conditions The most prominent public outrage came from the tales in The Jungle of the unsanitary working environment in which the food was made Sinclair wrote of how sausage was made of all the bad parts of the meat scraps off the factory floor sawdust and even body parts of the workers which were taken off by dangerous blades He told of how the supervisors dyed and cleaned the meat to make it look fresh even though it was old and diseased The public reacted to this description by becoming much more cautious when buying meat and meat sales declined greatly President Theodore Roosevelt was also pressured into responding to the publics reaction When the first investigating committee exonerated the packers Roosevelt appointed the Neill-Reynolds Commission because of public pressure and Sinclairs own personal appeal Roosevelt also set many regulations on the Food industry and consequently formed the government agency the Food and Drug Administration The
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