November 13, 2011

Upton Sinclair Sentenced For Breaking Delaware Sabbath Laws

Most people know Upton Sinclair for writing The Jungle, a muckraking novel about U.S. meat-packing that helped bring about legislative reforms of the food industry.  In addition, Sinclair wrote a book, Oil!, satirizing the Teapot Dome scandal, tried starting a Utopian colony, and ran on the socialist ticket for Congress. 

Upton Sinclair, a Socialist author who violated the Sunday laws at Wilmington, Del., decided to take an imprisonment of 18 hours rather than pay a $4 fine, and was put to breaking rock in the city workhouse.  His offense was playing baseball and tennis on Sunday.  Nine other men took the same punishment.

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