A flyer (primary source) that describes the creation of one of the first labor unions, the American Federation of Labor.

A flyer (primary source) that describes the creation of one of the first labor unions, the American Federation of Labor.

The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied with their treatment by the Chicago-based Pullman Company, sought the assistance of A. Philip Randolph and oth...The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied…

The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied with their treatment by the Chicago-based Pullman Company, sought the assistance of A. Philip Randolph and oth...The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied…

Conflicting accounts trace the first American Labor Day to the inspiration of a local New Haven, Connecticut machinist, Matthew Maguire, or to that of the influential leader of the Carpenters’ union, Peter McGuire. In both accounts, 1882 became the key moment when the American Federation of Labor (AFL), a movement of craft unions and local central labor federations, solidified their young and fragile institutions. Largely German and Irish in most places, these unions and federations had…

Conflicting accounts trace the first American Labor Day to the inspiration of a local New Haven, Connecticut machinist, Matthew Maguire, or to that of the influential leader of the Carpenters’ union, Peter McGuire. In both accounts, 1882 became the key moment when the American Federation of Labor (AFL), a movement of craft unions and local central labor federations, solidified their young and fragile institutions. Largely German and Irish in most places, these unions and federations had…

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters : The First Black Labor Union Chartered By The American Federation Of Labor

Samuel Gompers was the most prominent figure in the American Labor Movement. He was also the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). (Biography)

Samuel Gompers was the most prominent figure in the American Labor Movement. He was also the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). (Biography)

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) remains in history as the first federation of labor unions in the US.

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) remains in history as the first federation of labor unions in the US.

Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, 1908 (Library of Congress)

Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, 1908 (Library of Congress)

Organizing leaflet. Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935. This New Deal legislation granted rights that were severely curtailed by the Taft-Hartley act of 1947.

Organizing leaflet. Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935. This New Deal legislation granted rights that were severely curtailed by the Taft-Hartley act of 1947.

Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion, a pamphlet produced by the American Federation of Labor, 1901; courtesy of the Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley

Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion, a pamphlet produced by the American Federation of Labor, 1901; courtesy of the Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley

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