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

Who was responsible for bringing about reform in the work place at the start of the 20th century?

Learning Objectives

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

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