LABOR: Dear Sir & Brother

John Llewellyn Lewis had turned the meeting hall into a wildcats' den, had inveighed against the all-powerful, conservative Executive Council —finally knocking a fellow vice president flat—but that did not prevent sanctimonious President William Green from winding up last month's American Federation of Labor convention with: "It becomes our duty now to forget. The debate is over. The problems have been solved."

In strict truth, the debate was not over. During the convention, United Mine Workers' President Lewis had inserted in the convention record a catalog of accusations against the shortcomings of Green &...

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