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Wed May 20, 2020, 11:24 PM

Any body read "The Jungle"? You should. It's about the Chicago meatpacking industry c.1900...

and available on Project Gutenberg. For free.

(Screw the Amazon ad when you google it)

Upton Sinclair was a wild-eyed socialist and wrote it as a workingman's screed. But that got lost in the disgusting descriptions of factory life. A worker falling into a lard vat, and the company couldn't be bothered to pull him out? "Every pie crust made in Chicago that week had a little bit of Igor in it."

Sinclair himself was more interested in our poor hero being paid with a $100 bill from some benefactor, but no one believed he earned a real C-note, so he couldn't get it cashed. He said he aimed at the nation's heart, but hit it's stomach.

Anyway, T. Roosevelt didn't believe it was that bad, so he sent a few of his guys up there to check it out-- they came back saying "You ain't gonna believe this, but it's worse.

So we got some pure food laws.

And this is the culture that's running the meatpacking biz, even today.

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Reply Any body read "The Jungle"? You should. It's about the Chicago meatpacking industry c.1900... (Original post)
TreasonousBastard May 20 OP
elleng May 20 #1
TreasonousBastard May 20 #2
cannabis_flower May 21 #17
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alittlelark May 21 #13
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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:25 PM

1. MANY years ago.

May have been instrumental in shaping my political/social points of view.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:28 PM

2. Sure was mine-- it was on a high school reading list back in the 60s and hit me like a brick.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:09 AM

17. Same here..

I think it might have been when I was 14 or 15. And it was something I picked and not as an assignment.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:30 PM

3. Back in the early '90s I read it one summer at the pool...

I'm not into bodice rippers. I remember crying behind my sunglasses, feeling sickened and thinking it should be require reading at every damn high school in America.

2020 and so little has changed...

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:31 PM

4. I've been think8ng about this book lately. Lots of parallels to current day.

Exploitation of immigrants and the underclass. the powerlessness, poverty and desperation.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:33 PM

5. We read it when I was in high school

in the 1970s

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:37 PM

6. something similar and more recent and accessible

January 24, 2005
Blood, Sweat, and Fear
Workersí Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants

https://www.hrw.org/report/2005/01/24/blood-sweat-and-fear/workers-rights-us-meat-and-poultry-plants


CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- President Teddy Roosevelt supposedly threw his breakfast sausages out a window after reading Upton Sinclair's book "The Jungle," which exposed corruption and abuses in the meatpacking industry at the turn of the century.

One hundred years later the American Meat Institute, an industry trade group, finds itself denying a scathing report alleging "systematic human rights violations" at U.S. meat and poultry plants.

A 175-page report, "Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers' Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry plants," released by Human Rights Watch Tuesday examined beef packing in Nebraska, hog slaughtering in North Carolina and chicken processing in Arkansas and reported unnecessarily hazardous work conditions and exploitation of immigrant labor.

The report by the privately funded human-rights organization accused large meat companies of using intimidation, reprisals, threats and fear of deportation to take advantage of immigrant workers -- calling working conditions a violation of basic human rights.
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2005/01/26/Analysis-Is-meatpacking-a-jungle/90611106776309/

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:42 PM

8. I had to in high school. In Arkansas of all places!

Need to reread it. Itís been 40 years.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:11 AM

9. I want to read that now, so thanks. nt

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:15 AM

10. Wisconsin Supreme Court justice: Meatpackers aren't 'regular folks'

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice: Meatpackers aren't 'regular folks'

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142489043

Conservative Justice.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #10)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:19 AM

13. Cuz most of them are kinda 'brown'

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:18 AM

11. Read it in HS - deeply effected my worldview.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:18 AM

12. I read in college and ironically history is repeating itself!

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:34 AM

14. Not for the weak of stomach.

That book gave me PTSD.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:38 AM

15. I can't.

There's only so much pain I can absorb.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:08 AM

16. Both in HS and in college

Its brutal, but worth the read.
Tragic how things really havent changed much in 100 years.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 05:56 AM

18. Read it years ago. It really made an impression on me. Nt

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:22 PM

20. I's a very effective argument for deregulation. nt

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