The Knights Of Labor Movement

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The Union Movement On this essay I will be writing about two of the organizations that helped developed the Union Movement. The Knights of Labor was founded in 1869 by Uriah Stephens and five other former members of The Garment Cutters’ Association of Philadelphia (Fink 1). Knights of Labor had a reputation for being all inclusive. This organization was open to all working people except for bankers, lawyers, stockbrokers, doctors and liquor manufacturers. It fought for political reforms as well as economic goals. Its membership rose to 703,000 in 1886. Initially viewed as an educational and political body by the local trade unionists who founded it. The Knights of Labor initiated some of the…show more content…
They did this by supplementing trade Assemblies with mixed bodies, which could be formed on the basis of industry, sex, Ethnicity, geography, o politics. With the advent of the movement for the eight-hour day in 1886, The Chicago Knights grew to approximately 27,000 members from only González 3 1,900 the previous year by fighting new methods of struggle, principally the boycott and sympathy strike. Local workers began to lose faith in the effectiveness of The Knights of Labor after a bad defeat of its parking house assemblies in fall 1886. The aftermath of the Hay market affair earlier that year and the ensuing government repression also stymied industrial organizing. Although it flourished for more that 10 years, The Knights of Labor finally collapsed because its organization was rigid and cumbersome. From that time on, the history of The American Labor Movement was dominated by The American Federation of Labor. The AFL was founded by Adolph Strasser and Samuel Gompers of The Cigarmakers Union. They believed that real strength lay in uniting workers according to craft, skill,
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