Labor: Staking the Claims

Meeting in Washington last week, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s executive council was clearly happy with the results of the 1964 elections. "The will of the people has never been more clearly evident," said the council in the preamble to its statement of 1965 legislative goals.

"They gave their mandate to the program of progress President Johnson has called the 'Great Society.' " Labor itself could—and did—claim a major share of the credit for helping the people evidence their will. During the campaign, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Committee on Political Education staged a massive voter registration drive, distributed some 65 million pieces of propaganda, endorsed...

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