Sinclair, Upton

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  • Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a writer who greatly influenced the politics of California during the Great Depression. He ran for governor in 1934 and nearly won; his campaign changed the political dynamics of California and allowed for the ascendance of Democratic political leadership. Sinclair died in December 1968.

    Upton Sinclair

    Upton Beall Sinclair was born on September 20, 1878, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated at home until the family moved to New York, where he attended the City College of New York and then Columbia University. Sinclair left Columbia before obtaining a graduate degree.

    In 1913, Sinclair and his wife, Mary Craig, invented the idea of picketing corporate headquarters in response to a massacre of coal miner families in Ludlow, Colorado. They moved in 1915 to California, ...

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