This State Journal editorial ran on May 23, 1919:
Assemblyman Marcus Johnson, (R-Madison), made a good fight for the 8-hour law. It lost.
But Marcus Johnson and not the assemblymen who voted against his bill is on the winning side. The 8-hour day is here. Even newspapers that have editorially opposed the 8-hour day have been compelled to adopt it themselves.
The 8-hour day in the industrial world is an established economic fact, which only the out-of-dates can deny. A man only exhibits himself as a relic when he opposes this basic industrial principle.
It does not apply to farmers, nor could this bill be defeated on the theory that it carried technical injustices in places. It has been suggested that it interfered with individual gardeners, and one thing and another.
This State Journal editorial ran on April 21, 1919, five months after a ceasefire was signed with Germany in World War 1:
The intelligent attitude is to strengthen its workability by amendment and not to seek excuses to kill that which is recognized as industrially sound.
The 8-hour day is winning and will win. Its out-of-date opponents are so far behind the time that they are powerless to check, regardless of whether it receives legislative sanction.
This State Journal editorial ran on Jan. 14, 1919, just three days before Wisconsin ratified the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the sale, manufac…
The 8-hour day is here, and those who cannot see that which is right in front of their own nose in broad daylight are simply blind. That’s all.