Upton Sinclair

Kasey Kuenstler


Born September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland.

A novelist, writer, journalist, political activist and politician

How It Went Down


Upton Sinclair Wrote almost 100 books but, "The Jungle", which captured the brutality of U.S meat packing and treatment in factories was at the top of the list. He was also apart of the muckraker who wanted everyone to know the social ills and political corruption. Upton felt the corruption and "muck" of U.S society and politics should be exposed.

Muckrakers ?

The term muckraker was used in the Progressive Era to label, reform minded American journalists who wrote often for popular magazines. They relied on their own journalism. Muckrakers often worked to expose social ills and corporate and political corruption.

The Jungle

The Jungle is a novel written in 1906 by the one and only Upton Sinclair. Upton wrote the novel to show the horrible conditions and prove the lives of immigrants in the United States, Chicago and other industrialized cities were far beyond unhealthy.

Accomplishment of The Jungle

Because of his well known book, "The Jungle", the federal government decided to regulate the food industry with passing the Meat Inspection Act of 1906, and also the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.