30 November, 2010

The Meatpacking Industry During The Early 1900's







The meatpacking industry during the early 1900's was unsanitary, unregulated and incredibly dangerous work. Children as young as three were often employed and forced to work long hours (sometimes 12-15 hour days) for very little pay. Enforcing simple things like hand washing and requiring the use of hairnets were unheard of. Therefore the meat was often contaminated with sweat, dirt, and human hair (among other things).

The machinery used to process the meat was also a problem. There were reports of workers falling into rendering tanks and being ground, along with animal parts, and sold as lard.

Regulation of the meatpacking industry began in 1906 after President Theodore Roosevelt read a book about the plight of the working class and the corruption of the meatpacking industry by journalist Upton Sinclair. The book was a Pulitzer Prize winner and covered the facts of the meatpacking industry of the time.

This book led to the 'Meat Inspection Act' and the 'Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906', which eventualy led to the 'Food and Drug Administration' (FDA).

You can download the entire book for free at American Libraries. Images are via The Library of Congress and are from a panoramic photograph taken by the Chicago based photographer Geo. R. Lawrence Co. in 1900.

104 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Because a 3 year old can defiantly work.. when I was 3. I was still learning how to walk.. So I don't think that was true.. maybe you should look a little more into that? But that's the only thing i've read that didn't seem true.

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Anonymous said...

If you are using Upton Sinclair's FICTION novel as your source, it's no wonder you don't have your facts straight. You should read "Of Meat and Myth" by Lawrence Reed. Google it. You won't regret it.

Patricia Perez said...

Thank you for writing this, but where did you get this information from I'm not sure if it's accurate or not.

Anonymous said...

Being that the prose assigned to you was fiction, I can totally see that many people doubt your credibility, as well as Upton Sinclair's. But being that yes, this novel IS in fact fiction, is what makes the credibility level rise. The author's (Upton Sinclair) use of Pathos (for those who don't know what pathos is, its a form of rhetoric speaking, or the art of persuasion, that tugs at your "heart strings" and emotions) is so rich, that you as the reader begin to feel for Jurgis (the main character in The Jungle, btw ;D ). Yes it is fiction, BUT if you were to look up, say, in chapter 14, where Sinclair talks about the making of sausages and how unregulated the conditions were in the place where sausage was made, you would actually be able to go further into your research (well, if you were doing an essay on, say, the history of sausage production, LOL). This appeals to ethos and logos (forms of rhetoric speaking that focus on credibility and factual evidence) which, in conclusion, proves that yeah, even though The Jungle is fiction, the credibility of Upton Sinclair is held up in high regards of many, especially me, prose fiction or nonfiction.
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cookiemonster said...

Hey thanks for the pictures! I'm just doing an online course on The Jungle, Sinclair's book where he exposed the meat-packing industry and was very interested to find any pictures. Now, I'm not so interested after all :(
Also worth to note that Sinclair primarily wanted to expose the cruel exploitation of the immigrant and native labour force that worked in these factories - how they were cheated and robbed at every turn. Instead, he found that the middle-class America revolted against the products of the factories, not the methods they used. He "aimed at the heart of the audience, but instead hit their stomach".

Anonymous said...

who took the pictures??

Unknown said...

u could use a bit more info but otherwise cause this helped me with my essay only 30 more sentences ya so just work on it

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Unknown said...

The meat packing industry was really hard for people

Bogus Bozo said...

Ewwwww , & thank you for explaining this. Most blogs/articles copy & paste bullshit.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that's where the term sloppy joes came from

Donna Butler shepard said...

I have a photo of my Grandfather's store, GG Butler, Detroit, Maine, yes Maine, around 1900. In the photo is also a picture of a wagon, the side said Chicago & ? Meats. Would love to know the full name of the company, may help me figure out who the men in the wagon are.

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Cameron Arndt said...

it is really helpful for english because it is really good to know what life was like back then and then now.

Marie said...

Hi! As someone who has a history degree, do you have any other sources besides Upton Sinclair's The Jungle? I have read this book, but would like to see other sources. For example, where did you get the info about three year olds working for the meat packing industry?

Anonymous said...

To the eighth comment down, the three-year-old kids working in factories part is true. Upton Sinclair, author of the book the jungle, claimed it himself.

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