Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Corruption and Exploitation

Zinn does not aim merely at "the capitalists" in his critique. They are the dominant target, but not the only target. He quotes a "press dispatch from Atlantic City, New Jersey, the fashionable seaside resort, in the summer of 1910:"

"Engaged in a game of bathing suit baseball with President Sam Gompers, Secretary Frank Morrison and other leaders of the A.F. of L. on the beach this morning, John Mitchell, former head of the mine workers' union, lost a $1000 diamond ring presented to him by his admirers after the settlement of the big Pennsylvania coal strike. Capt. George Berke, a veteran life guard, found the ring, whereupon Mitchell peeled a hundred dollar bill from a roll he carried in his pocket and handed it to the captain as a reward for his find."

The People's History of the United States: 1492 to the Present by Howard Zinn, page 329

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