Song for the Baker
Full eighteen hours under the ground,
Toiling and making bread!
Are we alive or dead?
. . .
Are we men with thought and restless will,
Or are we but batches of dough,
That take their shape from the pan they will?
Is what I would like to know.
(Enoch George Adams, St. Helen, Oregon, ca. 1884, cited in Stuart B. Kaufman, A Vison of Unity: History of the Bakery and Confectionary Workers International Union)