"'The Jungle' and the Progressive Era" - Robert W. Cherny - History Now

"'The Jungle' and the Progressive Era" - Robert W. Cherny - History Now

by: Robert Cherny | publication date: June 1, 2008 | Publication: History Now | journal issue: 16 |

The publication of Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle produced an immediate and powerful effect on Americans and on federal policy, but Sinclair had hoped to achieve a very different result. At the time he began working on the novel, he had completed his studies at Columbia University and was trying to develop a career as an author. He had been born in Baltimore in 1878, but his family had moved to the Bronx in 1888. Though he came from a prominent family, his own parents had little money, and he paid for his university studies by writing dime novels and short stories. While at Columbia, he also became a convert to socialism.

An article written by historian Robert Cherny for quarterly online teaching publication History Now about the impact of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" on American politics and the progressive movement.

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