Lunch With Upton Sinclair

Servers: Maggie Davis and Rachel Robertson

Appetizer: Progressive Governmental Change

Sinclair wrote "The Jungle" to expose the horrible working conditions present in the meat-packing industry. His descriptiveness of how the food was handled and the behavior of the workers helped in the passing of federal food safety laws.

First Course: American Promotion of Change

Sinclair promoted change within the United States in the period of 1898-1920 by using literature to expose the nightmares of what really happens to our food in the meat industry. Sinclair promoted this change through his individual ideas, ideas that brought truth to the uninformed Americans, changing countless lives forever.
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Dessert: Evidence

Sinclair's purpose for writing "The Jungle" was solely in his character, as this progressive thinker concentrated on improving the lives of the people, and in improving the government. Sinclair reacted to the problems caused by the rapid growth of American factories and cities, and felt that the terrors he knew of should be exposed to the people, to better their lives and to help the future generations.

Why Have Lunch With Sinclair?

Besides his goal to improve the lives of others, Sinclair had a higher education than his impoverished childhood could have ever hoped for, and led him to become an author, journalist, and activist in politics and social reform. With such knowledge and such an interesting history and background, Sinclair would in fact be the best person from the Progressive Era to have lunch with.