Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER III
Organized Labor and Socialism

In the United States organized labor as represented by trade unionism and the American Federation of Labor has increasingly set itself against the ideas and inroads of Socialism. While the Federation of Labor is unable to prevent the entrance into its ranks of radicals, whose plan is to bore from within, as in the case of Mr. Foster, it has taken every occasion to express opposition to the Socialist program of revolutionary action. The Federation of Labor founds itself solidly upon the continuation of the present industrial and political system and seeks for the reforms that it works to accomplish within the scope of the present situation. This was shown very clearly at the annual meeting of the Federation in Atlantic City, at which a strong statement was made against Bolshevism.

One of the most important meetings for the expression of the conservative ideas and plans of the heads of the Federation have been for many years meetings of the National Civic Federation, at which representatives of the intellectual and employing classes met the leaders of labor for the purpose of exchanging ideas, explaining plans, and of solving questions of common interest. It was in connection with such meetings as these that the National Civic Federation sent to Europe, in 1919, a Commission to investigate the labor situation. This Commission on Foreign Inquiry published its findings in a volume entitled "The Labor Situation in Great Britain and France," which, among other subjects, treated of "Direct Action," "The Shop Steward," "Whitley Councils," "Labor in Politics," "Housing," and "Women in Industry."

Such reports are made by men representing the various elements in the Federation. In this case the members were Charles Meyer, chairman, representing shipping; Charles S. Barrett, farmer; August F. Demis, textile manufacturers; J. Grant Forbes, contracting engineers; James W. Sullivan, topographical and trade unionists; Andrew P. Nevin, attorney-at-law; and E. A. Quarles, who acted as secretary.

Such investigations as this, supplemented by the more special European trips of Mr. Gompers and other officials of the American Federation, have placed American labor in close contact with the European situation. In Europe the attitude of the American Federation of Labor is considered to be extremely con-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Volume IV viii
  • Addendum xviii
  • List of Illustrations xxi
  • General Introduction 2011
  • Section I - Protective Governmental Measures 2015
  • Chapter I 2017
  • Chapter II 2024
  • Chapter III 2075
  • Section II - Organized Labor and Capital and Industrial Problems 2095
  • Introduction 2097
  • Chapter I 2106
  • Chapter II 2133
  • Chapter III 2148
  • Chapter IV 2151
  • Chapter V 2154
  • Chapter VI 2160
  • Chapter VII 2166
  • Chapter VIII 2174
  • Chapter IX 2180
  • Chapter X 2193
  • Chapter XI 2204
  • Chapter XII 2216
  • Chapter XIII 2226
  • Chapter XIV 2238
  • Chapter XV 2244
  • Chapter XVI 2251
  • Section III subsection I - Educational Training for Citizenship 2275
  • Introduction 2279
  • Chapter I 2293
  • Chapter II 2328
  • Chapter III - Teacher Requirements and Teacher Training 2335
  • Chapter IV - Curricula Recommended for Courses of Citizenship Training 2346
  • Chapter V - Regulated Attendance 2350
  • Chapter VI - Appropriations 2356
  • Section III subsection II 2359
  • Chapter I 2361
  • Chapter II 2366
  • Section III subsection III 2411
  • Chapter I 2417
  • Chapter II 2439
  • Chapter III 2564
  • Chapter IV 2569
  • Chapter V 2623
  • Chapter VI 2701
  • Chapter VII 2949
  • Chapter VIII 3018
  • Chapter IX 3052
  • Chapter X 3060
  • Chapter XI 3079
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