American labor leader Samuel Gompers was a big booster for the war effort. Shortly after the United States declared war, he made something of a rah-rah speech that contained this gem that I think proved true not only for the First World War, but the Second, as well.
This war is a people's war — labor's war. The final outcome will be determined in the factories, the mills, the shops, the mines, the farms, the industries, and the transportation agencies of the various countries. That group of countries which can most successfully organize its agencies of production and transportation, and which can furnish the most adequate and effective agencies with which to conduct the war, will win.
|Gompers Visiting an American Trench on the Italian Front|
Listen to the full speech at the Library of Congress Website: (Audio File)