The 40-Hour Week

The country was in another tumult over labor. The South led the uproar. Every day on its front page Oklahoma City's Oklahoman asked that its readers "solemnly pledge that I will refuse to vote for the re-election of any U.S. Senator or Congressman who does not consistently vote for a law outlawing all strikes in every industry connected with defense and who does not vote to abolish the limitations of 40-hour week labor. . . ."

The Dallas, Tex. Morning News declared: "Factories which can turn out 1,000 instruments of war a week are...

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