The Jungle by Upton SinclairFor nearly a century, the original version of Upton Sinclairs classic novel has remained almost entirely unknown.
When it was published in serial form in 1905, it was a full third longer than the censored, commercial edition published in book form the following year. That expurgated commercial edition edited out much of the ethnic flavor of the original, as well as some of the goriest descriptions of the meat-packing industry and much of Sinclairs most pointed social and political commentary.
The text of this new edition is as it appeared in the original uncensored edition of 1905.
It contains the full 36 chapters as originally published, rather than the 31 of the expurgated edition.
A new foreword describes the discovery in the 1980s of the original edition and its subsequent suppression, and a new introduction places the novel in historical context by explaining the pattern of censorship in the shorter commercial edition.
Meatpacking Plants Were Most Concerned About What People
Many years ago the industry was among the most dangerous, but over time, particularly in the last 25 years, that has changed dramatically. Yet, probably due to the reading of books such as The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, consumers remain very concerned about the safety of the workers in the meat packing plants. At one time it was very dangerous to work in the meat packing industry and the plant conditions were similar to those described in The Jungle. However, consumers would be happy to know that many drastic changes have taken place since those times in Since organizations like the USDA and OSHA have gotten involved the safety of the workers and the conditions in the plants have clearly changed and there are impressive figures to back this up.
The explosive growth of American industry in the late nineteenth century caused a similar expansion in the work force. Working conditions in the new urban industrial zones were wretched, and a progressive reform movement soon grew out of the need to address the health and welfare of the American worker. Though Sinclair had hoped to excite interest in the difficult lives of the workers, the public was much more interested in the disgusting details about meat production. This selection from The Jungle provides a stomach-turning description of what exactly goes into sausage. Leah R. Shafer , Cornell University. It was only when the whole ham was spoiled that it came into the department of Elzbieta.
The Jungle is a novel by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair — His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance socialism in the United States. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach. The book depicts working-class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. Sinclair was considered a muckraker , or journalist who exposed corruption in government and business.