Samuel Gompers Quote
“What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge. We want more... opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”
Quoted in Mantsios, Gregory. A New Labor Movement for the New Century. Florence, Ky.: Taylor & Francis, 1998, p. 51.
Night Thoughts (1742-1745)
Born: January 27, 1850
Died: December 13, 1924 (aged 74)
Bio: Samuel Gompers was an English-born American cigar maker who became a labor union leader and a key figure in American labor history. Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor, and served as that organization's president from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 until his death in 1924.