Please read:
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book IV, ch. 1 and 2
Phillip G. Hubert,  "The Business of a Factory"

Readers contemporary with The Jungle understood the novel as a commentary on health issues.  Sinclair understood as a novel about the plight of immigrants.  Assuming that these issues have changed enough since the writing of the novel, what can we say about the book as a commentary on American economics?  Does it matter that the particular issues of immigration are no longer the same or that the health issues are now regulated?  Is the novel an artifact of some bygone era or is it still poignant?  How so?  Give me 2 pages of your thoughts on this subject.
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