The Jungle

2. What connection do you see between the public's reading The Jungle and subsequent progressive legislation, like the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, which were passed within six

months of its publication?

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The power of the images of Sinclair's descriptions of the early days of the meatpacking industry are so graphic and real that even Tedy Roosevelt was shocked by how animals were slaughtered and even more by how much contaminated meat was being consumed by Americans that he decided to act and enforce health and safety standards.

Upton Sinclair’s description of the working conditions in factories and the meatpacking industry shed light on things that did people did not know existed. This caused people to want a change, which was followed by legislation designed to regulate the industry.