LABOR: A Letter to Old John

In a little yellow-brown company house at Beech Grove in Tennessee's coal-mining hills, Robert L. Parks sat down and wrote an indiscreet letter. It was addressed to John L. Lewis himself. Bob Parks didn't like the idea of the two-week mine strike that Lewis had called. And he didn't like the way Old John kept on drawing his fat salary ($50,000) and riding around Washington in his big car while the boys were out of work. Parks, a miner since he was 13, had a wife and three kids to feed.

He got...

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