November 8, 2015

Food and Drug Safety

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During the progressive Era there were no laws stating how food should be handled in factories. Meat packing factories where a huge part of the problem, they were very unclean, unsanitary, and unsafe for the workers and to whoever ate the meat. In attempt to get people to realize what their food really is and where it came from, Upton Sinclair wrote a book called the jungle and included a few things about the meat packing industry. in an excerpt from his book Sinclair wrote, "There was never the least attention paid to what was cut up for sausage; there would come all the way back from Europe old sausage tha5t had been rejected, and that was moldy and white - it would be dosed with borax and glycerine, and dumped into the hoppers and made over again for home consumption".

Child Labor

In the progressive era there were no laws stating that children were not allowed to work until a certain age or a certain amount of hours like there are today. Children who lived during the progressive era worked in factories, shops, and mines. The children were payed far less than adults and work long hours every day. Families that were poor had to send their children to work at young ages because what they made wasn't quite enough to provide for the family. The factories were full of dangerous machines and equipment that often times injured and even killed the children. Factory owners preferred hiring children because they didn't need to pay them as much and their little arms and fingers could fit into machines to clean them. Children who worked in cigar shops started smoking at a young age which would destroy their lungs and probably wasn't too good on a kids developing body. Mines were one of the worst, they were extremely dangerous and unclean. The dust and dirt from inside the mines was horrible for the children to breathe and working in a mine was all around not a safe job for anyone especially a child.

Standard oil

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In the political cartoon above, standard oil, monopolies, and John Rockefeller are represented by an octopus. During the progressive era, standard oil compancompanies were considered a monopoly due to one person who pretty much owned it all. He. Was John Rockefeller.

Fashion during the progressive era