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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This was apparent early on when, briefly, in the 1880s the US Knights of Labour organised dock workers in Ardrossan.
Palmer, Dreaming of What Might Be: the Knights of Labour in Ontario (New York (1982),) 144-145, 311-312.