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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland

Chapter:
(p.223) Conclusion
Source:
Knights Across the Atlantic
Author(s):

Steven Parfitt

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383186.003.0009

In only ten years the Knights of Labor helped to reshape the British labour movement and won several major successes at a local level as well. The conclusion addresses their achievements, and the wider significance of the Knights of Labor within global labour history. The Knights represented an alternative, and a powerful one at that, to the subsequent development of international working-class movements such as the Second International and the International Trade Secretariats. Yet the Knights themselves, especially through bodies such as the Universal Federation of Window-Glass Workers, contributed as well to the development of those movements. The conclusion ends by locating the Knights as part of a long transatlantic radical tradition that still has its representatives today.

Keywords:   Second International, Knights of Labor, International Trade Secretariats, Atlantic World, global labour history, special relationship, labour, gender, race, class

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