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Samuel Gompers
Imperialism—Its Dangers and Wrongs: A Speech by Samuel Gompers

By 1898 Samuel Gompers (shown here wearing a white three-piece suit) had become the preeminent spokesman for labor in the country. He was also an anti-imperialist, and following the Spanish-American War became an active opponent to the American takeover of the Philippines. As he argued in the following speech from October, 1898, his opposition was two-fold: Not only did he object to the mistreatment of native Philippinos, he also feared unleashing a wave of emigration to America that could swamp the existing labor force.

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