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January 1997, Vol. 120, No. 1
Edward B. Shils
On December 12, 1995, Arthur J. Goldberg, President John F. Kennedys first Secretary of Labor and principal architect of the 1955 AFL-CIO merger, became the 19th American to be inducted into the U.S. Department of Labors Hall of Fame. Goldberg passed away on January 19, 1990, at the age of 82. He had been born August 8, 1908, into a blue-collar neighborhood on the west side of Chicagoan area described by a distinguished Goldberg biographer, David L. Stebenne, professor of history at Ohio State University, as "a neighborhood, like other urban slums [replete with] more than a little social unrest, which found expression in radical politics." As we will see, Goldbergs early experiences in such an environment instilled in him a talent for peacemaking and a true sympathy for the working man, which found expression in a lifetime of public service.
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