The appeal of Socialism. Refers also to Sinclair's "The Jungle is a 'subliminal"

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During the late 1800's and early 1900's hundreds of thousands of

European immigrants migrated to the United States of America. They had

aspirations of success, prosperity and their own conception of the American

Dream. The majority of the immigrants believed that their lives would

completely change for the better and the new world would bring nothing but

happiness. Advertisements that appeared in Europe offered a bright future

and economic stability to these naive and hopeful people. Jobs with

excellent wages and working conditions, prime safety, and other benefits

seemed like a chance in a lifetime to these struggling foreigners. Little

did these people know that what they would confront would be the complete

antithesis of what they dreamed of.

The enormous rush of European immigrants encountered a lack of

jobs. Those who were lucky enough to find employment wound up in

factories, steel mills, or in the meat packing industry.

Jurgis Rudkus was

one fo these dissapointed immigrants. A sweeper in slaughter house, he

experienced the horrendous conditions which laborers encountered Along

with these nightmarish working conditions, they worked for nominal wages,

inflexible and long hours, in an atmosphere where worker safety had no

persuasion. Early on, there was no one for these immigrants to turn to, so

many suffered immensely. Jurgis would later learn of worker unions and

other groups to support the labor force, but the early years of his

Americanized life were filled, with sliced fingers, unemployment and

overall a depressing and painful 'new start'.

Sinclair, has shown in a dramatic style the hardships and

obastacles which Jurgis and fellow workers had to endure. He made the

workers sound so helpless and the condtions so greusome, that the reader

almost wants a way out for Jurgis. Sinclair's The Jungle is a 'subliminal'

form of propaganda for...