John Mitchell and Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers, longtime leader of the American Federation of Labor, was involved in some of the most important labor disputes in the nation's history. Gompers wrote in his autobiography:

Several times I have been asked what in my opinion was the most important single incident in the labor movement in the United States and I have invariably replied: the strike of the anthracite miners in Pennsylvania ... from then on the miners became not merely human machines to produce coal but men and citizens.... The strike was evidence of the effectiveness of trade unions . . . . SAMUEL GOMPERS, SEVENTY YEARS OF LIFE AND LABOR: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 126 (1925).

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