The laborer stands at the portal of the 20th century knocking. His knotted, seamed fingers grasps his instruments of work, the product of centuries. He hears the words of the Magna Charta repeated, he listens to the sonorous sentences in the Declaration of Independence and he remembers the liberty phrases of the French Republic. All through the 19th century he watched the vast increase of wealth gained by his arm and skill, and now he stands at the gate of the 20th century crying. How long, O Christ, shall we wait for thy law to be understood?
W. Frank Hatheway, “The Cry of Labor” (1906)