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The Chicago Stockyards Upton Sinclair and The Jungle A Fight for Social Justice The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were difficult time from the end of the civil war to the beginning of the industrial revolution the moments in that era reflected an unsettled and constantly changing America The time mirrored an immeasurable amount of conflict and growth two contradictory actions that rose into one great development in American history An important part of Americas industrial and inner expansions was the formations and operation of the Chicago stockyards The Chicago stockyards signified the evolution of American industrialization and a promise of what America could be as a leading world economy The stockyards also indicated the social justice of the working class people the hardships that faced working class America and the position the government should take on insuring public health safety in food and drugs All of these issues were explicitly written about in Upton Sinclairs novel The Jungle a novel written by an American who saw the problems that existed in the American working class in the stockyards and beyond He recognized the ways in which the government shunned and neglected the lives of the working class people as well as how the American government disregarded any responsibility towards regulating the food that industrialized America was now producing Sinclairs novel The Jungle portrayed the horrible conditions of the workers in the Chicago stockyards the unsanitary meat products produced there the effects on the environment and people of the area and above all the need for social justice within our society The Jungles depiction of the Chicago stockyards has become a monumental work of literature that continues to remind the American public of the importance that the government plays in regulating business and the utter importance of social justice within America The stockyards were located on the south side of Chicago located from 39th Street to 47th Street from Halstead to Ashland
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