Letter from Upton Sinclair to President Theodore Roosevelt

Think about the last time you shopped for groceries. If you’re not a vegetarian, how much did you think about buying meat? “A little?” “None?” Were you even paying attention? Thank Upton Sinclair. Well, thank the FDA, for which you can thank Theodore Roosevelt, for whom you can thank Sinclair’s 1906 exposé The Jungle—and his letter to Roosevelt. As long as everyone’s playing by the rules, there are no, uh, people these days in your burger. Wasn’t always this way. Workers falling into machines, cows playing Go Fish, sheep hanging from the fan, lazy chickens…

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A Note on Sources

The American Scraps Executive Reference Library

Every American Scraps comic strip cites, links-to, and—where possible—displays a preview of its source artifact. These artifacts are all from public-domain, royalty-free sources, and are appropriate for use in the classroom. Most American Scraps sources come from The National Archives And Records Administration (NARA), whose “Today’s Document” feature was the original inspiration, in 2010, for this whole enterprise. (On a personal note, I’m grateful to NARA for the invaluable work they have done, and continue to do.)

For ease of use in the classroom—specifically grades 5–12—American Scraps organizes its material according to UCLA’s National Standards for History Basic Edition (1996), as you can see in those ten “Historical Eras” above. Learn more about the National Center for History in the Schools here.

If you’re a teacher and are using American Scraps in the classroom, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line at jon@americanscraps.com.

A Note on Theft

The original art you see here on American Scraps is copyrighted, and reproduction of it is prohibited without written approval.

In other words, unless I’ve told you otherwise: Don’t save or screenshot these comics for use in your own post, tweet, slideshow, or embed. Don’t “remix” or “aggregate” them. Don’t reproduce them, even in an appreciative way. Don’t sell them. Don’t drop them into a listicle called “15 Comic GIFs That Tell The Story Of American History (And You Won’t Believe #8!)”.

Instead, contact me at jon@americanscraps.com and let’s talk about your idea.

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