Memory Bank: Uncle Sam campaigns with C.I.O. in 1944

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memorybank_seekingvotes.jpgOn Jan. 27, 1944, an Uncle Sam character joined members of the political group Congress of Industrial Organizations—called C.I.O.—on Monument Circle to generate support for pro-labor candidates. The national group was initially part of the American Federation of Labor but broke off to become the nation’s first political action committee after the Smith-Connally Act of 1943 forbade unions from using dues to support political candidates. In 1955, the group rejoined the American Federation of Labor to form the AFL-CIO.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, AFL-CIO

The photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and is part of the Larry Foster Collection. More images are available at

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