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The Samuel Gompers Papers, Volume 12 : The Last Years, 1922-24, Hardback Book

The Samuel Gompers Papers, Volume 12 : The Last Years, 1922-24 Hardback

Edited by Peter J. Albert, Grace Palladino


Still working hard in his seventies, Samuel Gompers gave no thought to retiring.

But he faced a world of challenges in his final years as president of the American Federation of Labor.

Ascendant Republicans were hostile. Conflicts over tactics and strategies divided the labor movement. And continuing unemployment kept the work force in check.

Despite all this, Gompers "kept the faith," helping revitalize the AFL's nonpartisan political efforts, launching a campaign to organize women workers, and strengthening the Pan-American Federation of Labor.

At the same time, he challenged government agencies like the Railroad Labor Board and continued his efforts to abolish child labor and fight labor injunctions.

Although historians often assess these years as the most conservative and least productive period of Gompers' life, this final volume of the Samuel Gompers Papers demonstrates that even in this tumultuous time he continued his forward-looking leadership of the labor movement and retained his keen sense of judgment.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 688 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9780252035357



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