- Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers with a black-and-white portrait of Sidney Hillman on the front wrap. The edges of the wraps are discolored with minor soiling. There is a small crease & tear to the front wrap at the tail of the spine with a crease across the bottom outer corner of the rear wrap. 32 pages. Illustrated with a few black & white portraits. Creasing to pages 23 & 24 appear to have been caused in the printing. The page edges are toned. Good.
First edition of a tribute to Sidney Hillman.
Sidney Hillman [1887-1946] was born in Zagare, Lithuania. He left the country after the 1905 revolution, immigrating first to England and in 1907 to the United States. Starting off as a tailor's apprentice in Chicago, he moved to New York in 1914 and became the leader of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. During the Great Depression his strong support for the New Deal earned him a place on the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration. He was eventually eased out of the administration after being criticized by other union leaders for his reluctance to confront business and after unjustly bearing the brunt of a procurement scandal. Hillman was devoted to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He organized the CIO-Political Action Committee to support Roosevelt's 1944 election campaign. A persistent rumor of the 1944 campaign alleged that FDR made key decisions by saying "clear it with Sydney". He was equally devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt and had great respect for her political skills, urging her shortly after FDR died to take Hillman's place as director of the CIO-PAC.
The text is in Yiddish with a few passages in English.
Rare. We have located no other copies. First Edition.