The opinion I am about to give about Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” has as much to do with the way the book was written as much as it does about the content of the book itself. As a general statement, the book was hard to follow; the plot was slow moving, too many characters seemed to enter and exit the story, and so forth. This being said, however, the book related to our class for several important reasons.
First, Sinclair showed a first hand historical account of a time in American history when many people made an effort to hide the facts, making the book an excellent history reference. Second, the book tackles key political issues of the early 20th century from the perspective of the people who were affected- not in a general way that does not relate to the average person, or student.
Lastly, the book, in my opinion, would be good for a community college class, if a later version of the book were used, maybe edited by someone who makes the book easier and more interesting to follow for the average student. Conclusion In conclusion, I would like to say that properly understood, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” is an excellent resource for studying the social, political, and economic history of early 20th century. America
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1906