The Samuel Gompers Papers

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Samuel Gompers
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Samuel Gompers.

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As president of the American Federation of Labor between 1886 and 1924, Samuel Gompers was the nation’s leading trade unionist and labor spokesman. Read his letters to the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Ida Tarbell, hear recordings of his speeches, and view documents relating to the founding of AFL.