#347 Henry Ford, making America great


Biography of an Industrialist Britannica vers. 11 is typically first-rate, giving more incisive information than the online watered down version, but sometimes, as in the industrialist Henry Ford, they leave you wanting, wondering how they ignored him as he was reaching his height when they started the edition in 1908. Instead for a brief biography, we…

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#576 God Bless America & John L. Lewis


Biograph: John Llewellyn Lewis was a coal miner and son of coal miners who became an American labour leader & president of the United Mine Workers of America (1920–60). He was also the chief founder and first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO; 1936–40), now part of the AFL-CIO. He left school in…

Why Labor Day?


History: Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first person to suggest that special day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold, " sometime between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. …