Knights of Labor


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Knights of Labor

A labor union founded in 1869. It reached its heyday in the 1880s when its size overreached its capacity. It finally dissolved in 1949. The Knights pushed for an eight-hour work day and the abolition of child labor. Some of their affiliates were early adopters of desegregation. The Knights opposed socialism.
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The Capitol Syndicate's case was helped when railroad magnate Jay Gould, seeing this as another front in his counterattack against the Knights of Labor, offered the Syndicate his lawyer's service.
Once the Knights of Labor had been crushed, two other labor federations rose to prominence.
The Knights of Labor was a Labor union that believed society should be run by consumer and worker cooperatives, not by banks and for-profit corporations.
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With the revival of the American Knights of Labor in the 1880s, O'Donoghue became one of the leaders of this order in Toronto.
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Unlike Sabetti, Bouquillon's social views were similar to other Catholic liberals like the bishops John Ireland and John Keane, and Cardinal James Gibbons, who supported the 'Americanization' of immigrants, the establishment of the Catholic University of America, Catholic participation in the Knights of Labor, and support and participation in public education.
To undermine efforts by the Knights of Labor to organize these workers, mill owners relied on paternalism, which was best exemplified by the company town.
His collection of labor history essays, From the Knights of Labor to the New World Order (Garland), was published in March.
The strongest section of Stern's book is his interpretive history of activism by the Knights of Labor during the 1880s.
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