National Affairs: John Lewis Wins Again

John L. Lewis had outmaneuvered everyone, including himself. He had tied up the mines for 45 days at the cost of 90,000,000 tons of coal, had forced the Government to seize them and thus negotiate with him—and had gotten little or nothing the operators had not offered him in the first place. But he had seldom quoted as fiercely and gloomily from Shakespeare, had seldom endured criticism with more martyr-like fortitude. When it was all over he stood up before the news cameras as though he heard a surf-like thunder of applause.

The whole exhausting shutdown had stemmed from his demand for...

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