LANE KIRKLAND - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 207252
Sale Price $102.00
Black and white publicity photograph of Lane Kirkland wearing a suit and tie.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Ellen Bechtle, with best regards. Lane Kirkland". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 7½x8¼ (one surface). Born to a prominent South Carolina family, Lane Kirkland (1922-1999) went to school with the children of mill workers and developed strong sympathy for their plight. After service in the merchant marine during World War II, Kirkland went to work for the AFL-CIO labor federation, becoming in 1960 the executive assistant of the federation president George Meany. He also wrote speeches for Democratic candidates, beginning in 1948. Kirkland was unanimously elected AFL-CIO President in 1979, serving until his retirement in 1995. His major initiatives included bringing strong union support to the civil rights movement, encouraging independent unions like the Teamsters' Union to join or rejoin the AFL-CIO, and rendering strong financial as well as moral support to Poland's independent trade union, Solidarity. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Fine condition.
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