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Jimmie Higgins   By: (1878-1968)

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In "Jimmie Higgins" by Upton Sinclair, the author reveals his undeniable talent for capturing the essence of the working class experience during a highly tense and transformative era in American history. Set against the backdrop of World War I and the subsequent labor movement, Sinclair weaves a compelling tale that delves into the lives and struggles of ordinary people.

The protagonist, Jimmie Higgins, is a relatable and deeply human character. As a young working-class man, Jimmie is caught up in the whirlwind of social and political change sweeping across the nation. He embodies the hopes and aspirations of countless individuals yearning for a better future, yet unintentionally finds himself engulfed in the tumultuous webs spun by powerful forces beyond his control.

One of the most striking aspects of Sinclair's writing is his ability to create a vivid sense of time and place. His meticulous attention to detail paints a sprawling panorama of a war-torn America, rife with social inequities and political strife. The juxtaposition of the daily struggles faced by individuals like Jimmie and the grand scale of events taking place around them provides a gripping narrative that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end.

Through Jimmie's journey, Sinclair expertly explores the themes of social consciousness, political activism, and the pursuit of justice. The author challenges conventional notions of patriotism and nationalism as he exposes the dark underbelly of war and the manipulation of public sentiment. The reader becomes immersed in a world where ordinary people are pawns in the game of power, where their suffering is both ignored and exploited by those who wield influence.

Sinclair's prose is both powerful and evocative, bearing witness to the unspeakable hardship faced by the working class. His ability to express complex emotions in simple yet profound language captures the essence of the struggles faced by individuals like Jimmie. A sense of urgency and empathy permeates the pages, compelling readers to contemplate the inequalities woven into the fabric of society.

"Jimmie Higgins" is more than just a historical novel; it is a mirror that reflects our own world. Sinclair's timeless exploration of social and economic injustice continues to resonate today, reminding us of the power of ordinary people coming together to effect change. He reminds us that the struggle for a fair and just society is ongoing, and that the fight against oppression is a duty for all.

In conclusion, "Jimmie Higgins" is a skillful and thought-provoking novel that chronicles the lived experiences of the working class in early 20th-century America. Upton Sinclair's masterful storytelling and deep social insights make this work a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of societal injustice and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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JIMMIE HIGGINS

BY

UPTON SINCLAIR

LONDON

CONTENTS

I. JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS THE CANDIDATE

II. JIMMIE HIGGINS HEARS A SPEECH

III. JIMMIE HIGGINS DEBATES THE ISSUE

IV. JIMMIE HIGGINS STRIKES IT RICH

V. JIMMIE HIGGINS HELPS THE KAISER

VI. JIMMIE HIGGINS GOES TO JAIL

VII. JIMMIE HIGGINS DALLIES WITH CUPID

VIII. JIMMIE HIGGINS PUTS HIS FOOT IN IT

IX. JIMMIE HIGGINS RETURNS TO NATURE

X. JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS THE OWNER

XI. JIMMIE HIGGINS FACES THE WAR

XII. JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS A PATRIOT

XIII. JIMMIE HIGGINS DODGES TROUBLE

XIV. JIMMIE HIGGINS TAKES THE ROAD

XV. JIMMIE HIGGINS TURNS BOLSHEVIK

XVI. JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS THE TEMPTER

XVII. JIMMIE HIGGINS WRESTLES WITH THE TEMPTER

XVIII. JIMMIE HIGGINS TAKES THE PLUNGE

XIX. JIMMIE HIGGINS PUTS ON KHAKI

XX. JIMMIE HIGGINS TAKES A SWIM

XXI. JIMMIE HIGGINS ENTERS SOCIETY

XXII. JIMMIE HIGGINS WORKS FOR HIS UNCLE

XXIII. JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS THE HUN

XXIV. JIMMIE HIGGINS SEES THE OTHER SIDE

XXV. JIMMIE HIGGINS ENTERS INTO DANGER

XXVI. JIMMIE HIGGINS DISCOVERS HIS SOUL

XXVII. JIMMIE HIGGINS VOTES FOR DEMOCRACY

JIMMIE HIGGINS

CHAPTER I

JIMMIE HIGGINS MEETS THE CANDIDATE

I

"Jimmie," said Lizzie, "couldn't we go see the pictures?"

And Jimmie set down the saucer of hot coffee which he was in the act of adjusting to his mouth, and stared at his wife... Continue reading book >>




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