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Happy Birthday to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Upton Sinclair, born this day in 1878!

Time magazine called him “a man with every gift except humor and silence.”

Writing close to 100 novels, Sinclair devoted his writing career to documenting and criticizing the social and economic conditions of the early twentieth century – His bestselling novel “The Jungle”, in which an immigrant goes to work in the Chicago stockyards brought to light the labor abuses and unsanitary conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, and led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act. 

In 1919, he published “The Brass Check”, an exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the “free press” in the U.S. Four years after its initial publication, the first code of ethics for journalists was created.