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The text is printed in both English and Yiddsih. A printed notice on the inside of the front cover states: 'This book is presented to Sam Wilensky in appreciation and recognition of services to our organization. / Local 25, A.C.W. of A. / October 10th, 1937".
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William Green [1873-1952] was President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952. He began his career as a coal miner and was president of the Ohio district of the United Mineworkers of America from 1906 to 1910. Good .
First edition of a tribute to Sidney Hillman.
Sidney Hillman [1887-1946] was born in Zagare, Lithuania. He left the country after the 1905 revolution, immigrating first to England and in 1907 to the United States. Starting off as a tailor's apprentice in Chicago, he moved to New York in 1914 and became the leader of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. During the Great Depression his strong support for the New Deal earned him a place on the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration. He was eventually eased out of the administration after being criticized by other union leaders for his reluctance to confront business and after unjustly bearing the brunt of a procurement scandal. Hillman was devoted to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He organized the CIO-Political Action Committee to support Roosevelt's 1944 election campaign. A persistent rumor of the 1944 campaign alleged that FDR made key decisions by saying "clear it with Sydney". He was equally devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt and had great respect for her political skills, urging her shortly after FDR died to take Hillman's place as director of the CIO-PAC.
The text is in Yiddish with a few passages in English.
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British union official and labor leader Margaret Bondfield [1873- 1953] was a lifelong advocate of improving the lives of working women, working towards this goal as a labor activist, suffragist and politician. A working class woman who started her career as a shop assistant, her reform efforts eventually brought her into the highest levels of government. She served as a member of Parliament in the 1920s and in 1929 became the country's first female cabinet official when she was appointed Minister of Labor. Good .
Among the subjects of this collection of essays are trade unions; cooperative production, credit and distribution; guilds and modern commercial associations; the prevention of intemperance; moral education in schools; the religious aspect of socialism; and communism.
Richard Heber Newton was a prominent American Episcopalian priest and writer. From 1869 to 1902 he was rector of All Souls' Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City. He was a leader in the Social Gospel movement and a supporter of Higher Criticism of the Bible, and sought to unify Christan Churches in the United States. Good .
The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America held a convention in New York City to mark its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1940. This satirical "program", illustrated with cartoons, was issued on the occasion of the convention and was presumably distributed to the delegates.
The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the foremost union representing workers in the men's clothing industry, was founded in Chicago in 1914 as a breakaway movement from the United Garment Workers. Under the leadership of Sidney Hillman, the ACWA grew rapidly. By the late 1920s it had organized over 100,000 members in the major garment industry cities across North America. The depression decreased its membership, but by the mid-1930s it had strengthened sufficiently to play a leading part in the creation of the CIO. Sidney Hillman became an influential political figure and a key advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt on labor and economic issues. He served on the board of the National Recovery Administration and during World War II was named associate director of the Office of Production Management, which helped mobilize the nation's resources for the war effort. The ACWA merged with the Textile Workers of America in 1976, forming the ACTWU, which in 1995 merged with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees [UNITE].
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