Persuasive Functions Of John L. LewisSpeech

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Persuasive Functions of John L. Lewis’ Speech

John L. Lewis was the only proponent of established labor unions in the 20th century. He successfully led the labor movement that pushed for equal treatment of labor workers’ despite the terrible economic condition.
Lewis spent his formative years in Iowa. As an adult, he was unsuccessful in entering the world of politics and business. After he moved to Panama, Illinois he was first elected president of the local United Mine Workers union. Next, Lewis was appointed an AFL organizer by Samuel Gompers in 1911. His second UMW appointment was as a delegate to the AFL Convention in 1916. Finally, Lewis was appointed as vice-president of the United Mine Workers Union. Lewis begins to prescribe courses of action for workers to be part of a movement that pushed for a labor union by organizing and uniting the discontented. In his speech he mentions enacting a policy to enable the workers to stand as a unit (Lewis 3). John Lewis used his speech at the AFL convention to establish himself as the leader of the labor movements and prescribe courses of action for the workers by altering perceptions of reality and identity.
His speech at the American Federation of Labor allowed him to become the leader, but was ineffective in convincing the AFL to establish industrial unions.
Furthermore, labor movements were part of the establishment (Jensen 29). Due to the strikes in labor unions, it was necessary for a new type of labor leader to arise. At

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