Footage of Samuel Gompers, American patriotic labour leader.
Labour leader Samuel Gompers. United States of America.
Labour - USA. 1918 Shot of American organised labour leader Samuel Gompers standing in front of building; looking at camera. He steps forward; speaks; turns & looks back; then faces camera again. Gompers was President of the AFL (American Federation of Labour) from its beginning in 1886 until his death. He had started on this career by joining the cigar makers' union. During World War One; he was appointed to the Council of National Defence (thus the title frame -- 'America's Patriotic Labour Leader').