Knights of labor

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a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers.

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The Knights of Labor had been founded in 1869 and its membership was largely Catholic.
The Knights of Labor made similar claims when they supported the NGCU, resolving that no " K.
The historian demonstrates how Cannon drew upon ideas from the Irish diaspora and his family's own Knights of labor and socialist past in a city in which immigrant labour mattered deeply.
Healy and union leader Sigismund Danielewicz made strong stands against exclusion, the labor leaders who became most powerful, like Knights of Labor president Terrence V.
And for a brief time groups like the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor succeeded in uniting disparate groups under the leadership of men like Uriah S.
Though their methods differed, both the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor (AFL) that later supplanted it sought to create among workers the equivalent of the small-town, autonomous proprietors that Thomas Jefferson and others lauded as critical for the functioning of American democracy.
The Chinese Empire contains 600,000,000 inhabitants," read an 1878 Knights of Labor leaflet.
In 1886, 5,000 members of the Knights of Labor conducted the first major strike, against the Iron Mountain Railroad in Arkansas.
Both the Knights of Labor, which was a major player from the early 1870s through the early 1890s, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), whose star shone from 1905 through 1918, had better records on confronting white supremacy (and patriarchy).
27) Maynard applauds the effort of Cardinal James Gibbons to have the Knights of Labor exempted from the Vatican's ban on secret soci eties, and he claims that the Vatican reversed itself for the first time because of Gibbons's representations.
Similarly, a ll the familiar union histories are reviewed, including those of the Knights of Labor, the Industrial Workers of the World, the Homestead and Pullman strikes, and the formation of the AFL-CIO itself.
It had happened in 1886 under the Knights of Labor.