Lesson 1. Upton Sinclair, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harvey W. Wiley

In this lesson, students learn how Progressive reformers in government used the public outrage over Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle as a catalyst for legislation. The story of how two progressives, Theodore Roosevelt and Harvey W. Wiley, worked together within the federal government is not as well-known as the role played by Sinclair’s The Jungle, but it provides the needed historical and political context for the landmark Progressive era legislation

Guiding Questions

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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify two reasons why the Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle

Students will be able to identify President Theodore Roosevelt and Harvey W. Wiley and explain how they worked together to pass legislation to protect consumers