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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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The Rise of a Transnational Movement

The Rise of a Transnational Movement

(p.50) 2 The Rise of a Transnational Movement
Knights Across the Atlantic

Steven Parfitt

Liverpool University Press

British and Irish Knights depended on the fortunes of American Knights from beginning to end. This chapter gives a brief sketch of the rise of the British and Irish assemblies, some idea of their geographical scope and size, and explores the nature of those international ties and the consequences that flowed from them. British and Irish workers were attracted to the Knights through the American Great Upheaval, the financial help and organisers that Americans sent them, and the steps Knights took to build an international community. Finally, this chapter emphasises the importance of the Irish diaspora in the history of the Knights of Labor as a whole, and its racial and imperial implications for their history.

Keywords:   race, empire, Michael Davitt, financial history, imagined communities, Irish, diaspora, transnationalism, Great Upheaval

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