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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 Fall of a Transnational Movement

The Fall of a Transnational Movement

(p.196) 7 The Fall of a Transnational Movement
Knights Across the Atlantic

Steven Parfitt

Liverpool University Press

Only four years separated the peak membership of the British and Irish assemblies from their end. This chapter addresses the decline of the Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland and the events that led to their dissolution. It begins with the changing nature of the relationship between the British and Irish assemblies and headquarters in Philadelphia. That relationship, so beneficial when American Knights went from victory to victory and aided their overseas brethren, turned sour in the 1890s as that assistance ceased. Financial scandals, splits within the assemblies, and the economic downturn of the mid-1890s all contributed to the decline of the British and Irish Knights. The chapter ends with what fragments survive of their last two years’ history.

Keywords:   finances, scandal, embezzlement, fraud, transnationalism, nationalism, internationalism, localism, decline

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