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Meatpacking Industry

This will be a historical committee set at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on the then-ongoing debate over food quality and food purity in America, and what the government's role should be in addressing purity questions. Additionally, the committee will touch on exposés by muckraking journalists — specifically Upton Sinclair's The Jungle — seeking to improve working conditions in packinghouses and for laborers everywhere. Delegates will be tasked with deciding what legislative or administrative reforms must be made in order to address issues of worker safety and exploitation in the meatpacking industry, along with issues of safe manufacturing and meat quality to appease public concerns.

For questions or concerns regarding this committee, please contact Alex Vertikov at 23avertikov@wpsstudents.org