When Puerto Rican and Mexican workers came to the U.S. in large numbers, they faced similar discrimination and bigotry.
In the long time between The Jungle and today, meatpacking has changed—first for the better, due to strong unions, then for the worse.
And how little we pay for it.
When Mexican-American fieldworkers' strikes didn't net results, César Chávez led the Ventura County Community Service Organization in alternate tactics.
This grassroots movement brought occupational health to American labor, paving the way for the creation of OSHA.