LABOR: The Great Actor

It was as if John L. Lewis were reciting from a selection of great works—or what he imagined to be great works.

Was it Jeremiah? "Surely, there must be some balm in Gilead for a coal miner."

Was it Zola? "Mismanagement, cupidity and wanton neglect . . . in a period of 14 years . . . have made dead 28,000 mineworkers. . . . We accuse that in the same period . . . management and stockholders . . . violently mangled, crushed and shattered the bodies of 1,004,000 mineworkers."

Was it Shakespeare?...

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