Sinclair and Anthony fight for change

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Throughout history, it is evident that just one individual has the power and ability to bring about change on a grand scale. Upton Sinclair and Susan B. Anthony are prime examples of people in American history who found a flaw in society and worked endlessly to invoke change. Sinclair sought change in the unsanitary meat packing industry, and Anthony sought women’s suffrage. Upton Sinclair brought about lasting change in the meatpacking industry of the United States with his book, The Jungle. Upon his visit to Chicago to do research for a book that was meant to show the nation how the labor of men and women are exploited for profit, Sinclair stumbled on the disgusting conditions in meatpacking factories. There were no regulations on food preparation and distribution at the time, and Sinclair wanted to change that. He wrote The Jungle and it was very successful. His readers ranged from normal citizens to President Theodore Roosevelt. After Roosevelt read the graphic novel, he pushed for passage of the Meat Inspection Act. The Act was passed and set strict cleanliness requirements and created the program of federal meat inspection, but it required the government to pay for the inspections and companies were not required to label their canned goods. Sinclair was considerably successful as the results of his efforts to bring about change are still evident today. Susan B. Anthony is one of the most well known woman suffragists in American history. In the late 1890s, women were not allowed to vote while African American men were (as per the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments.) Anthony sought change with other leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton. To achieve suffrage, Anthony (along with her colleagues) appealed to state legislatures, the Supreme Court, and Congress. In the Supreme Court cases that were brought up, the women used the

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