King Coal

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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (1878 - 1968), was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking...
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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (1878 - 1968), was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the "free press" in the United States. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Sinclair followed his classic "muckraking" novel The Jungle with this powerful indictment of the inhuman treatment of coalminers. More than just a reformist's call to arms, Sinclair's spellbinding 1917 novel recounts the adventures of an idealistic, college-educated man who lands a job in a Colorado coal mine.

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King Coal (1917) is to the mining world what Sinclair's The Jungle is to the meat-packing industry. Through protagonist Hal Warner, Sinclair reveals the abuses faced by immigrant mine workers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780981651514
  • Publisher: PR Seitz Bookseller
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    A Worthy Read

    I found this book to be a truly captivating representation of the hypocrisy and oppression that the early 20th century coal miners encountered. While the plot is not as notable as his earlier work, The Jungle; King Coal is laced with it's own gruesome depiction of the corruption caused by greed and apathetic treatment toward the mine workers.

    Upton Sinclair devoted his life to exposing the flaws of big industry and I think everyone could benefit from reflecting on his work.

    I would also recommend Germinal by naturalist, Emile Zola or The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The latter book illustrates the life of a family of sharecroppers during the Dust Bowl while the former concerns the lives of workers in the French mines.

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    Posted January 10, 2014

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    Posted January 10, 2014

    Flame to ivy

    Do either of you want to be med wolf?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    wonderful book but Google fell down on the job

    This is SO unfortunate! Upton Sinclair is an American institution and this book is a classic that I was most anxious to read... but I will not be able to do so on my Nook. Whatever it says on its brag wall cover page, Google did NOT scan the original book "carefully." It is unreadable. I'm headed to the library to look for a hard copy.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Auther of mudshadows path

    Wonderful! But it was a tiny bit rushed! Keep writing and it will be PERFECT. Read my story at mud all results! Thanks! ~ Blackfrost

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    The Author to the auther

    It was fast paced and think u for ur input i will think of that next time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    The auther

    I looked like a pre schooler wrote it. I dont meant to hurt your feelings. I though the story was a little short and rushed a liitle. But over all it was a good story. I liked the names you picked out for your characters. Espeicialy Skyleaper. Do you mean coalpaw because cole is human name and not a warrior cat name? Please continue because its a great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Colereapers Fate ( Chapter 1 )

    It was an early day of Greenleaf when Colekit woke to " Colekit Colekit get up its time for our apprentice ceremony " said Lillykit his littermate . " What " !! " I forgot all about that come on lets go . " Let all cats old enought to catch their own prey gather for a clan meeting " said the booming voice of Owlstar ( the Thunderclan leader ) . " Today we have the arrival of two new apprentices , Colekit Lillykit step up here . Colekit from this moment on until u receive ur warrior name u will b known as Colepaw , Skyleaper will b ur mentor . Lillykit from this moment on until u receive ur warrior name u will b known as Lillypaw , Fuzzycloud will b ur mentor . That is all thank u " LILLYPAW COLEPAW . " Lillypaw were finally apprentices " said Colepaw . Later that evening Skyleaper took Colepaw around the territory . " Hi Colepaw we already made u a nest " mewed Eaglepaw . " How was ur first day as an apprentice " said Rabbitpaw . " It was great I saw the lake and the Ancient Oak " . " Cool " said Lillypaw . " Fuzzycloud said that tomorrow we r going hunting together " . " Yay " said Colepaw as he layed in his nest and drifted of to sleep ~ end of chapter 1

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