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Knights Across the AtlanticThe Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland$
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Steven Parfitt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383186

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383186.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The World of the Knights of Labor

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(p.1) Introduction
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Knights Across the Atlantic
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Steven Parfitt

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383186.003.0001

This chapter introduces the American history of the Knights of Labor, and provides an overview of the ways in which scholars have approached that history. It then places the Knights of Labor within a wider international context in two key ways. First, this chapter locates the Knights as part of a larger, global trend of international organising by early feminists, social reformers, and especially working-class activists. Second, it explores the global history of the Knights themselves and the fragmentary nature of the scholarship concerning it. Finally, this chapter brings together what we do know about the Knights across the world, and provides synopses of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   global history, feminism, De Beers, France, Italy, Belgium, NewZealand, Australia, South Africa

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