Samuel Gompers (Tuesday)


Consider Gompers’ classrooms when answering each of the questions that follows.  Also think about how apprentices connect to the questions.

  1. In Gompers’ Autobiography, what apprenticeship skill did he learn?
    Answer: became a labor leader and began to influence American’s history.
  2. Was it a difficult skill?  Why or why not?
    Answer: Gompers, these years were the high point of his career. Long recognized as a talented administrator, negotiator, organizer, and public speaker within the labor movement, he now joined the ranks of national policy makers, serving as a member of the Advisory Commission of the Council for National Defense (CND) and chairman of its Committee on Labor.
  3. Given the difficulty of the skill, what was he able to do during work?
    Answer: The craftsmanship of the cigar maker was shown in his ability to utilize wrappers to the best advantage to shave off the unusable to a hairbreadth, to roll so as to cover holes in the leaf and to use both hands so as to make a perfectly shaped and rolled product.
  4. What does he mean when he says, “mind-freedom”?
    Answer: He means that the workers are free to think, talk, listen, or sing during their work
  5. What sort of relationships did he have with his fellow workers?
  6. During WWI, Gompers stepped back on his labor demands.  What kinds of concessions did he make?
    • #1
    • #2
    • #3
  7. What important goal did Gompers hope to achieve with these concessions?
    Answer: Samuel Gompers sought to build the labor movement into a force powerful enough to transform the economic, social and political status of America’s workers.
  8. What were some of the organizations Gompers presided over?
    • #1 American federation of labor
    • #2Council for National Defense
    • #3Cigar Makers’ International Union
  9. In the speech at the end of the lesson, Gompers talks about “new relations.” Described what they are.
    Answer: Relations not only between nation and nation but between man and man