The most insistent and outspoken of the muckrakers. Began as a novelist, but his art submerged by propaganda-a profound suspicion of capitalism and all its ways.
The Jungle (1906); a story of the packing houses and the im-migrant: the technique of "speeding up" and the labor scrap-heap. The social consequences of the profit principle-saving everything but the squeal of the hog and the health of the laborer.
King Coal (1917); a story of the Rockefeller coal fields in Colorado and the miners' union. Probably his most skillful story. Numerous other titles, among them: The Brass Check, an exami-nation of the American newspaper-the charge that these are the tools of plutocracy; The Goose Step, an examination of the American university-the charge that these serve wealth; The Goslings, an attack upon the public school as an agent of capitalism.
*From the syllabus.-Publisher.