Throughout The Jungle, Jurgis and his extended family suffer numerous tribulations due to poverty, misfortune,difficulty with the law, alcoholism, illness, corruption, and abysmal working conditions. Jurgis and his family traveled from Lithuania to achieve the American dream. They were met with nothing but tragedy and heartache yet they believed that they would make it someday, they would be the American dream. In spite of the situation in which Jurgis resided, ultimately by the conclusion of the novel he found deliverance from destitution and despair through joining the Socialist party movement.
When Jurgis went to work for Brown's killing beds, a slaughterhouse, he soon found out that not everything was done sanitarily and by the books. In one incident, a cow that was ready to calve was brought into the slaughterhouse to be butchered because the packers wanted to save time and cattle food. This was not acceptable according to government standards, but whenever it did happen an employee would go and tell the boss and the boss would then initiate a conversation and distract the government inspector. By the time the government inspector came back the cow would be cleaned out and the entrails, including the calve would have disappeared, someone was to slide all of the innards under the trap for later use. Depending on what task an employee performed at the slaughterhouse determined how hazardous it was for the employee to work. If one of the employees in the pickle rooms scrape their hand or finger pushing a truck they might end up with a sore that could put the worker out of work all the joints in his fingers or the skin on his hands might be eaten away at by the acid. On the other hand, the butchers, floors men, beef-boners, and trimmers would not have to worry about acid, they have to worry about sharp metal objects, such as a knife. It was rare to find someone, in one of the positions mentioned above, that has full use of …

The progressive era, being known for reform of political corruption, health laws, and labor laws all came with the suffering of thousands. Many of these reforms were at the torment of the immigrants that came to America in search of a better life. In "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, we are brought to the pain and distress of the progressive era through Jurgis and his family. Through this family we are taken to Packingtown in Chicago to view the effects of progressivism on the nations industries and immigrant families. In Sinclair's, "The Jungle" we are shown the progressive era's effects on immigrants and their families which lead to the creation of many laws we have today.
Immigrant families came to America in search of new opportunities through the idea that America was a place to prosper-possibly become wealthy-and provide a better life for their families. "It was Jonas who suggested that they all go to America, where a friend of his had gotten rich. He would work for his part, and the women would work, and some of the children, doubtless- they would live somehow."(Sinclair 22) Every Immigrant who came to America believed that America was the land of opportunity. Between the years nineteen hundred and nineteen hundred and twenty, over fourteen million Immigrants had come to America to make their lives better. Upon arriving in the United States many of the immigrants had a dream that the money would begin to flow in and their dreams would come true.
Besides the opportunity to make money most of the Immigrants fled their old lives to escape the shortage of land, and political and religious persecution in hopes that America could free them from all of troubles of their homeland. "…Employment for thousands upon thousands of men, of opportunity and freedom, of life and love and joy. When they came away, arm in arm, Jurgis was saying, 'tomorrow I shall go there and get a job!'&…