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Essay on Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

Project id 1013272
Subject area Self Improvement
Document type Essay
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Employment is difficult to find and hard to keep and a job isn't always what you hoped for. Sometimes jobs do not sufficiently support our lifestyles, and all too often we're convinced our boss's actual job is to make us unhappy. However, every now and then you will find reprieves such as company holiday celebrations or bonuses, raises, promotions and even a half hour or hour to eat lunch that allows escape from monotonous workloads. Apart from our complaints, occupation today for bulk of American's is not entirely dreadful, and there's always lies opportunity for promotion. American's did not necessarily experience this fact in their own work areas though, and not long past are days of disgusting and subversive labor states. In 1906 Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" was printed. His publication drastically transformed the way Americans felt about the unmitigated power companies wielded from the 'free' market economy that was heavily propagandized in the turn of the century. Corporations don't have the same unscrupulous practices today because of actions taken by former President Theodore Roosevelt who felt deeply impacted by Sinclair's famous novel. Back in early 1900's in the meatpacking plants of Chicago the incarnation of greed ruled over the working man and dictated his function as a simple cog inside an enormous insatiable industrial machine. Executives of the 1900's meatpacking industry in Chicago, IL, conspired to work men to death, obliterate worker's unions and lie to American citizens about what they were actually consuming to be able to just acquire more income. In a most literal sense men's bodies were routinely exploited for unrelenting dangerous labor then discarded as the human body started to break. Instead of being reward...

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