Sinclair Upton (Author)
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June 18, 2017
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About the Author
Sinclair Upton (1878-1968) was an American author and activist best known for his novel "The Jungle," which exposed the harsh conditions of the meatpacking industry in Chicago in the early 20th century. He was also a prolific writer of non-fiction books and articles, covering topics such as politics, labor rights, and the media. Upton was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in poverty. He worked as a journalist and magazine writer before turning to fiction, publishing "The Jungle" in 1906. The book had a profound impact on public opinion and led to significant reforms in the meatpacking industry. Throughout his career, Upton was a committed socialist and activist, and he used his writing to advocate for labor rights, social justice, and political reform. He was a member of the Socialist Party of America and ran unsuccessfully for political office several times. In addition to "The Brass Check," Upton's other notable works include "Oil!" (1927), which exposed the corruption of the oil industry, and "The Flivver King" (1937), a novel about the rise of the automobile industry and its impact on American workers. Upton's writing continues to be celebrated for its social commentary and its contribution to American literature and political discourse.