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The Jungle

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Bailey Moskowitz

on 19 December 2012

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The Jungle The American Dream American Nightmare:
Housing American Nightmare:
Government Results/Reforms because of The Jungle American Nightmare: Jobs In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair writes about how
horrible the working conditions are in excerpt number one. This is a horrible but true experience that the poor men in the meat packing industry once had to go through. This horrific quote explains how disgusting the meat factories were, and the duration of how long a man could work in them before his health deteriorates. A decent amount of these men were immigrants, who came to America because of this magnificent place that they have heard of. This was no dream. This was a nightmare. By: Upton Sinclair
Presentation By: Bailey Moskowitz The Jungle In excerpt four, Upton Sinclair describes the typical house of which poor people had payed so much for. These unfortunate members of the lower class had to live in things which are not considered sanitary today. The construction workers focused on making the outside of the home magnificent, and then left the inside unsafe and disgusting. The earlier quote about prisons describes this quite well, because you have this nice looking house, then you have a not so nice house, making you desire the magnificent house on the outside of your home and the inside of the bars. We learned from the Jungle how corrupt our government was. In excerpt number two, a man offers a bribe to a voting official, and the official accepts. America is and was widely known for it's democracy, and what we had was not it. Our corrupt government consisted of bribes and officials with no training. If reforms had not come about, our country would be in shambles. Fortunately, these problems were eventually solved. Upton Sinclair and other muckrakers (journalists who uncovered the corruption of city politics and exposed it to public view so that reform could take place) revealed nearly all of the nations problems to the public. The U.S. no longer put the desires of the people behind bars. The Meat Inspection
Act required federal inspection of the meat to make sure it was not diseased. The Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the sale of impure drugs, food, and liquor. Finally, Americans could eat healthy (or at least as healthy as Americas do eat). Upton Sinclair Jobs
My idea of the American Dream is prosperity. If this were possible, then I believe that everyone would have a high paying job in order to support themselves and their children. There should be safe working conditions, and emergency exits for all jobs. No one would become ill or injured because of their career. However, this is just my opinion of a perfect working environment. Compared to this, almost no one had a good occupation during immigration. In the novel The Jungle, Upton Sinclair writes, "There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside." The immigrants of the early nineteen-hundreds could definitely relate to this quote, as they came to America with an expectation of a better life, and all they got were sweatshops. Home
My definition of home is a place where you feel safe, a sanctuary. The perfect home for anyone is somewhere spacious, or at least not cluttered, usually with your own room. Either cozy or luxurious. The actual definition of a home is a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. There is a big difference. These immigrants had to share not only rooms, but beds, with complete strangers. The houses they had to live in, or settlement houses, were completely unsafe. They were anything but luxurious, and not cozy so much as cramped. Government
Personally, I agree with our democracy. I think that it is the best way to pick a countries leader. This way we have no tyrants, and get some say in our government. I think that the government should encourage people moving up in society rather than making the people who have worked the hardest pay the most. Although we have almost always used democracy, it wasn't always used fairly. Political Bosses bribed new settlers into votes and loyalty, causing a corrupt government. Modern Day Connections Things like this do still happen, though. In August of 2011, thirty-three people died from eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria bacteria. This fruit had come from a farm in Colorado, and had passed inspection. The inspector was a twenty-six year old with little experience, and had still passed the cantaloupe even though it had not been bathed in antimicrobial wash. He had also not checked for bacteria on the equipment that handled the melons. He had passed the melon with a superior ranking. Cites

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