Knights of Labor: Darren Pfeffer

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Knights of Labor: Darren Pfeffer

Protests of Local Businesses.

Established in 1869, reached 28,000 members in 1880, then jumped to 100,000 in 1885. Then it bloomed to nearly 800,000 members in 1886, but its frail organizational structure could not cope and it was battered by charges of failure and violence. Most members abandoned the movement in 1886-87, leaving at most 100,000 in 1890.[1] Remnants of the Knights of Labor continued in existence until 1949, when the group's last 50-member local dropped its affiliation.

The Knights promoted the social and cultural uplift of the workingman, rejected Socialism and radicalism, demanded the eight-hour day, and promoted the producers ethic of republicanism. In some cases it acted as a labor union, negotiating with employers, but it was never well organized, and after a rapid expansion in the mid-1880s, it suddenly lost its new members and became a small operation again.

The largest and one of the most important American labor organizations of the 1880s. Its most important leader was Terence V. Powderly.

Covenant of The Order

Knights of Labor

Book of Songs and Protests


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