The Election: The Side Issues

The election settled a number of lesser issues all over the U.S. — at least temporarily.

Foremost was the clear emergence of organized labor as an independent political power. Sidney Hillman's P.A.C. got the voters registered, and then delivered them to the polls.

The results: 1) a bigger national vote than was expected; 2) a tremendous strengthening of labor's political power in the states as well as in Washington; 3) a new No. 1 labor politician with more prestige than failing John L. Lewis ever had.

The easy inference was that P.A.C. had helped mightily...

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