Writings of Upton Sinclair

Guests talked about the history of the Progressive Era, the Industrial Revolution, and labor practices at the turn of the century through… read more

Guests talked about the history of the Progressive Era, the Industrial Revolution, and labor practices at the turn of the century through the Writings of Upton Sinclair. Sinclair’s The Jungle set in the Union Stockyards on the south side of Chicago during 1904-5, the novel’s chief goal was to expose abusive labor conditions in the stockyards. In addition to doing this, the work received most of its notoriety from its descriptions of the filth of the processing plants and the ingredients of its processed meats. The book is considered by many as the final impetus for the passage later that year of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. President Theodore Roosevelt dubbed Sinclair and other writers in the time period who were exposing what they viewed as inequities in society as “Muckrakers.”

This program was telecast, in part, from a food processing facility in Chicago and highlighted current meat processing procedures as well as occupational safety issues. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Writings of Upton Sinclair

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Program ID:
165365-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
First Aired:
Aug 6, 2001
Last Aired:
Mar 29, 2002

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  • Aug 06, 2001 | 9:01am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 06, 2001 | 5:31pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 10, 2001 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 11, 2001 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 01, 2001 | 2:03pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 02, 2001 | 12:09am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 27, 2001 | 3:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 29, 2002 | 4:27pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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