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Upton Sinclair

Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland on the 20th of September, 1878. He was born into a lower middle class family. His father was a alcohol salesman who funnily enough was also an alcoholic. Sinclair's mother was the opposite, refusing to drink alcohol, tea, and coffee. However, Sinclair also had wealthy grandparents whom he stayed with often. This helped him see both the poor and the rich aspects of life. He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1897 and proceeded to do graduate work at Columbia University. After graduating, Sinclair wrote several small novels that were largely unnoticed by the literary world. Then in 1906, after working undercover for nearly 8 weeks, Sinclair published his greatest book, The Jungle. During WWII, Sinclair proceeded to write a series of novels that described the adventures of an american GI oin the Western front, the most famous of these being Dragon's Teeth. He died in Bound Brook, N.J. in 1968.


-1878: Upton Sinclair is born in Baltimore, Maryland.-1897: Graduated from College of the City of New York.-1900: Moved to Quebec, Canada.-1902: became a member of the socialist party.-1906: Ran for socialist candidate for Congress from New Jersey.-1906: Published The Jungle.-1943: received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Dragon’s Teeth.-1968: Sinclair dies in Bound Brook, N.J.

•The publishing of The Jungle (1906): this helped Americans see both the bad conditions meat was packaged in and the conditions that immigrant workers lived and worked in.•His novel Dragon’s Teeth won a Pulitzer Prize in 1943. This was part of a series of novels describing the adventures of a WWII GI.•He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1897. This most likely helped him decide that he wanted to go into journalism.•He wrote close to 100 books.•He ran unsuccessfully for governor of California.

Lasting Impact

Upton Sinclair’s most significant contribution was his book The Jungle. This book brought many changes to the United States including the Food and Drug Inspection Laws which made food handling and production much more safe and cleanly. Sinclair went undercover in a meat packing factory in Chicago in order to gather first-hand information for his book. Over the course of 6 weeks, Sinclair worked in this factory and held conversations with many of the immigrant workers. However, this was not Sinclair’s purpose for writing The Jungle. It’s main and original purpose was to open the eyes of the American public to the horrible conditions that the immigrant population lived in. However, the American public was more disgusted at the food was processed in the factories. This book has also had a major impact on the rest of the world. The Jungle has made the food processing and handling of many countries much safer due to its content.

Works Cited

- Upton Sinclair. N.d. Photograph. thefreelibrary.comWeb. 7 Jun 2014. .- Upton Sinclair, portrait bust, studio at 56 Fifth Ave., N.Y. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. . Upton Sinclair, portrait bust, studio at 56 Fifth Ave., N.Y.. Web. 7 June 2014. .- The Jungle Cover. 1906. Web. 7 June 2014. .MLA format- Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Schooltube. Dir. Schooltube. Schooltube, youtube. Web. 7 June 2014. .- • The publishing of The Jungle (1906): this helped Americans see both the bad conditions meat was packaged in and the conditions that immigrant workers lived and worked in.- "Sinclair, Upton." FactCite: Lincoln Library Biographies Online. Lincoln Lib. P, 2012. Web. 7 June. 2014.http://www.factcite.com/biographies/3016571.html- "Upton Sinclair". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 7 June. 2014. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/545642/Upton-Sinclair- "Upton Beale Sinclair, Jr." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998.Biography in Context. Web. 7 June. 2014.”http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&mode=view&displayGroupName=Reference&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=true&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&p=BIC1&action=e&catId=GALE%7CROGKRB720377915&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CK1631006080&source=Bookmark&u=lakehs&jsid=1b42e17861e601d045e6bd0f59065403 - "The Jungle." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 1: 1900-1909. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 496-500. Biography in Context. Web. 7 June. 2014.”http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/PrimarySourcesDetailsPage/PrimarySourcesDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&prodId=BIC1&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&mode=view&displayGroupName=PrimarySources&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=false&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&p=BIC1&action=e&catId=&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CCX3490200150&source=Bookmark&u=lakehs&jsid=a874bfab466ecfc2353da96a269a5eaf- Progressive Era Politics Photo: Upton Sinclair. Progressive Era Politics. Web. 9 June 2014.

Upton Sinclair



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