LABOR: John's Boy

Once there was a little man in a long black coat who roamed the hard-coal fields of Pennsylvania, doing mighty deeds for the United Mine Workers of America. He was John Mitchell, and quite a boy. At 28, he was president of the union; at 32 (in 1902), he led the strike which won an eight-hour day in the coal fields. Soft-coal miners voted him out of office in 1908, eventually put John Llewellyn Lewis in John Mitchell's place. But since John Mitchell died in 1919, he rather than John Lewis has been...

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