Upton Sinclair King Coal

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King Coal

 
9780848818999: King Coal

The story of Hal Warner, an idealistic, college-educated man who lands a job in a Colorado coal mine, provides an eye-opening condemnation of the treatment of America's coal miners by an uncaring and greedy industry.

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Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore in September 1878. His father moved the family to New York City in 1888. Although his own family was extremely poor, he spent periods of time living with his wealthy grandparents. He later argued that witnessing these extremes turned him into a socialist. Sinclair funded his college education by writing stories for newspapers and magazines. Sinclair s first novel was published in 1901. Sinclair was extremely active in socialist politics throughout his life. His novel "Dragon s Teeth" (1942) on the rise of Nazism won him the Pulitzer Prize. By the time Upton Sinclair died in 1968, he had published more than ninety books.

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''Sinclair's achievement was impressive . . . He saw through the lies of his era and exposed a world long hidden from view. He showed compassion for the weak and the poor, the powerless and the despised. He created images and characters that are poignant and memorable. He fueled anger at injustice. It is no fault of his that the old lies have lately been repeated, that important lessons have been forgotten, and that somehow we now find ourselves back in the jungle, with and odd feeling of deja vu.'' --Eric Schlosser, New York Times bestselling author of Fast Food Nation, praise for the author

''The Jungle. . .captures something essential about the American immigrant experience and the workings of a brutal industrial system. It transcends the specifics of one historical era and sadly remains relevant to our own.'' --Eric Schlosser, New York Times bestselling author, on The Jungle

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