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Young Man Reading: Detail Of Robert I. Aitken's 1933 Bronze Samuel Gompers Memorial (Washington, DC)

"The seated male on the proper left symbolizes the overthrow of industrial exploitation by Education ..." --


The inscription below reads:

"No lasting gain has ever come from compulsion

If we seek to force, we but tear apart that which,

United, is invincible. There is no way whereby our labor

Movement may be assured sustained progress in

Determining its policies and its plans other than

Sincere democratic deliberation until a unanimous

Decision is reached. This may seem a cumbrous, slow

Method to the impatient but the impatient are more

Concerned for immediate triumph than for the

Education of constructive development."

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Taken on November 18, 2007