The first two minutes of this 1955 newsreel covers the merger of the AFL and the CIO which resulted in a new union that would represent 35 percent of all nonagricultural workers. The 1950s became a time of increased freedom and rights … Continue reading →
Senator Joseph McCarthy became one of the most popular politicians in the 1950s, known for his anti-communist zeal. But eager for self-promotion, McCarthy charged that hundreds of people in government agencies were secret communists, going so far as to question … Continue reading →
Warren G. Harding was still a Senator when he gave this speech during the 1920 presidential campaign. He talks about America being a bastion of freedom, liberty, and representative democracy.
Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), was the first and longest serving president of the American Federation of Labor. Because of him, the AFL grew from a regular union with only a membership of 50,000 in 1886, to the largest and most influential … Continue reading →