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Source: Labor World
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Unionist Condemnation”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Duluth, Minnesota
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 20
Pagination: 2

“Unionist Condemnation.” Labor World 14 Sept. 1901 v7n20: p. 2.
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McKinley assassination (personal response); trade unionism.
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.


Unionist Condemnation

     Every trade unionist in the country condemns the shooting of President McKinley. The trade unionist is not a revolutionist, but rather an evolutionist. He is engaged in a cause that is endeavoring to better the economic well being of the masses. He knows the history of the past. He knows that revolutions may have possibly checked the degeneracy of governments, but he knows more than that. They have invariably left the great masses of the people in the same economic condition.
     The great revolution in France may have checked the degeneracy of the reigning government, otherwise it in no way improved the economic conditions of the masses. On the other hand, the organization of the producers in trade unions in England, not only had the effect of checking the degeneracy of the government, but it improved the economic condition of the toilers as well.
     In the first instance oceans of blood was shed and myriads of precious human lives were sacrifice on the alter [sic] of patriotism, with no resultant improvement in the economic condition of the masses, while in the second instance not a drop blood [sic] or a life was sacrificed, and, nevertheless, great benefits accrued to the workers in increased wages and improved factory and general working conditions.
     The foregoing instance illustrates the orderly development of the real working class movement, the trade union—alone [sic] the lines of the least resistance, the least cost, the smallest sacrifice and the greatest resultant benefits. Hence the trade unionist cannot believe in violence, in murder, or in bloodshed. His methods stand out in bold relief, when contrasted with the revolutionary eccentric methods of such reactionary characters as Czolgosz.



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