“The Jungle” by author Upton Sinclair turns 110 today. This portrait of Sinclair is from 1906, the same year as the book’s publication, and is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery (@smithsoniannpg). To gather research for the novel, Sinclair had spent two months living with immigrant workers in Chicago’s Packingtown. He secretly visited the district’s colossal meat-packing factories and slaughterhouses. By centering his novel on the plight of a Lithuanian immigrant family, Sinclair hoped to galvanize the American public against industries and corporations who exploited the working-class. Although Sinclair’s muckracking exposé did not set off a socialist revolution, it did fuel nationwide concern about the quality of American foodstuffs, creating popular momentum for the Federal Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Stay tuned for a few more photos today related to #TheJungle! Image reference number: NPG.99.63. #Jungle110 #UptonSinclair #BusinessHistory #FoodSafety #FoodFriday #SmithsonianFood #MeatHistory #Immigration #ChicagoHistory
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