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W.E.B. Du Bois on "the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States"

“The South, after the [Civil] war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see for many decades. Yet the [white] labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and the meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

-- W.E.B. Du Bois --
-- "Black Reconstruction," 1935 --
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