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)