La Follette in campaign car
Disappointed by the anti-labor climate following World War I, and determined to demonstrate that the Democratic party could not take labor's support for granted, the American Federation of Labor tried a new strategy in 1924: The Executive Council endorsed a slate of candidates, Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette for president and Burton K. Wheeler for vice-president. Their platform supported labor's right to organize and bargain collectively, favored the abolition of the injunction in labor disputes, opposed the Supreme Court's right to nullify legislation, and called for the adoption of a child labor amendment, issues that were important to the AFL.

Documents

La Follette Ready to Lead New Party (NY Times, May 29, 1924)


Excerpts from the Minutes of a Meeting on the 1924 Political Campaign (July 11, 1924)

Matthew Woll to Samuel Gompers (July 11, 1924)


 Excerpts from the Minutes of a Meeting on the 1924 Political Campaign (July 27, 1924)

La Follette Campaign Plans (NY Times, July 27, 1924)


AFL Report and Recommendations (Aug. 2, 1924)

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