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Knights of Labor


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Knights of Labor.

Knights of Labor

Knights of Labor

Knights of Labor

Knights of Labor

From Wage Slaves to Wage Workers: Cultural Opportunity Structures and the Evolution of the Wage Demands of the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor, 1880–1900

Robert E. Weir. Beyond Labor's Veil: The Culture of the Knights of Labor. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. 1996. Pp. xx, 343. Cloth $55.00, paper $22.50

Craig Phelan. Grand Master Workman: Terence Powderly and the Knights of Labor. (Contributions in Labor Studies, number 55.) Westport, Conn.: Greenwood. 2000. Pp. 294. $65.00

Beyond Labor's Veil: The Culture of the Knights of labor. By Robert E. Weir. (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996. xx, 343 pp. Cloth, $55.00, ISBN 0-271-01498-9. Paper, $22.50, ISBN 0-271-01499-7.)

Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late-Nineteenth-Century South. By Matthew Hild. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007. xvi, 327 pp. $42.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-2897-3.)

Frederick C. Knight. Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo‐American World, 1650–1850. (Culture, Labor, History.) New York: New York University Press. 2010. Pp. xi, 229. $48.00

Grand Master Workman: Terence Powderly and the Knights of Labor. By Craig Phelan. (Westport: Greenwood, 2000. viii, 294 pp. $65.00, isbn 0-313-30948-5.)

Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650–1850. By Frederick C. Knight. (New York: New York University Press, 2010. xii, 229 pp. $48.00, ISBN 978-0-8147-4818-3.)

Joseph Gerteis. Class and the Color Line: Interracial Class Coalition in the Knights of Labor and the Populist Movement. (Politics, History, and Culture.) Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. 2007. Pp. x, 274. Cloth $84.95, paper $23.95

Class and the Color Line: Interracial Class Coalition in the Knights of Labor and the Populist Movement. By Joseph Gerteis. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. x, 274 pp. Cloth, $84.95, ISBN 978-0-8223-4210-6. Paper, $23.95, ISBN 978-0-8223-4224-3.)

 

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A US industrial trade union, founded in 1869 at a tailors' meeting in Philadelphia. By 1879 it was organized on a national basis, with membership open to all workers. Its goals were reformist rather than radical, and included the demand for an eight-hour day. Its growth was phenomenal. In 1882 the Knights helped push through Congress the Chinese Exclusion Act, prohibiting the entry into the USA of Chinese labourers. The union was at its height in 1886 under the leadership of Terence V. Powderly, with a membership of almost a million, but declined thereafter, partly due to involvement in unsuccessful strikes and to general antipathy to labour organizations after the Haymarket Square riot. Factional disputes reduced its membership after the American Federation of Labor was founded, and by 1900 it was virtually extinct.

Subjects: World History — History of the Americas.


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