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Transcript of Proceedings of the President's Mediation Commission

Excerpt from Page 532 of Transcript of Proceedings of the President's Mediation Commission, 1917

The President's Mediation Commission was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 and represented a partial federal response to two aspects of wartime labor policy: 1. The spreading wave of strikes which interfered with the production of goods deemed vital to the war effort, and 2. The growth of labor radicalism associated with the IWW which precipitated widespread state and local repression of labor's rights and vigilantism.

The commission was responsible for investigating copper mining in Arizona and Montana, foresting in the Pacific Northwest, telephone operators in San Francisco, CA, and packinghouses in Chicago, IL. Their findings in these investigations were published as the Report of the President’s Mediation Commission to the President of the United States in 1918.

The collection contains a transcript of proceedings of the Commission in connection with the investigation of industrial conditions at Clifton, AZ, along with an index to witnesses.