1924: The Cigar Maker Who's the Reason You Work Only 8 Hours a Day Dies

Rolling cigars doesn't require too much thought, so Samuel Gompers had the mental leisure to contemplate economic issues.

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On December 13, 1924, Samuel Gompers, the cigar-maker who became the father of the mainstream American labor movement, died, at the age of 74. From 1886, when he forged the creation of the American Federation...