The Jungle - Research Article from Literature and Its Times

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by Upton Sinclair

Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1878. The stark contrast between his ancestry, made up of distinguished military officers and aristocrats, and the conditions under which he grew up (his father was an alcoholic) made a lasting imprint on the young Sinclair and laid the groundwork for his focus on socioeconomic disparity in later literary works such as The Jungle.

Events in History at the Time of the Novel

The birth of American socialism. From the earliest origins of industrialism, there had always been a sector of people who advocated anticapitalistic strategies of some sort to reduce the misery generated by the nature of industrial society. In Europe, the year 1848 saw the publication of the Communist Manifesto as well as political turmoil in several countries that resulted in a rise in immigration to the United States. Many of these newcomers held socialist...

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