A doorstopper at over 700 pages, Deep River (Atlantic Monthly, $30, 9780802125385, audio/eBook available) seems a work born from Willa Cather by way of Upton Sinclair
. But this new book is its own animal, and it's something of a masterpiece.
Upon its first inspection, the Hebrew National Kosher Sausage Factory was described as having a higher standard than required by food safety laws at the time, and therefore gained attention from consumers growing more and more wary of the meatpacking industry (thank you, Upton Sinclair
Indeed, when Upton Sinclair
published Mental Radio (1930), a book documenting the purported telepathic abilities of his second wife, Mary Craig, pioneering parapsychologist William McDougall praised the writer for his courage in venturing into a field "in which reputations are more easily lost than made."
Flavors, Colorings and Preservatives presents a short history of the food watchdog industry, going back to Upton Sinclair
's The Jungle (1906) and leading up to the FDA and current regulations of the food industry.
As the principal trial lawyer for the Free Speech League-the precursor of the American Civil Liberties Union-RoeAEs cases placed him cheek-to-jowl with his eraAEs leading activists, such as John Reed, Upton Sinclair
, Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and Margaret Sanger, to name a few.
author and activist Upton Sinclair
, best known for his book "The Jungle," which exposed corruption in the meat industry.
Long gone are the days of "The Jungle," the 1906 muckracking novel by Upton Sinclair
which told the story of harsh U.S.
Sensing Chicago closely examines five specific, historical aspects of the city: the Chicago River, the Great Fire, the 1894 Pullman Strike, the publication of Upton Sinclair
's "The Jungle" (which notoriously exposed some of the most stomach-turning aspects of the meat industry), and the rise of the White City amusement park as well as its fall due to the Great Depression.
The focus is not exclusively on the three Progressive presidents, or wide-ranging state progressivism, or the energetic efforts of individual reformers such as Jane Addams, Florence Kelley, and Upton Sinclair
, although all of these get their due in the book.
Lauren Coodley, Upton Sinclair
: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press 2013)