Samuel Gompers

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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?
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  2. Was it a difficult skill?  Why or why not?
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  3. Given the difficulty of the skill, what was he able to do during work?
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  4. What does he mean when he says, “mind-freedom”?
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  5. What sort of relationships did he have with his fellow workers?
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  6. During WWI, Gompers stepped back on his labor demands.  What kinds of concessions did he make?
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      What important goal did Gompers hope to achieve with these concessions?
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  7. What were some of the organizations Gompers presided over?
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  8. In the speech at the end of the lesson, Gompers talks about “new relations.” Described what they are.
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