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365 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

In October 1880, a group of greenback-socialists took out a one-year lease on the fourth floor of a building at 365 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. There they established the Spread the Light Hall and held the first meeting of the … Continue reading

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Matthew Maguire

Matthew Maguire – a machinist from Paterson, New Jersey – was usually secretary of the organizations he joined and rarely appeared on the front line of the agitation he supported. If he stood on the platform, he was likely to … Continue reading

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Knights of Labor Local Assembly 1562 (LA 1562)

In Brooklyn in mid-1880 a local assembly of the Knights of Labor, LA 1562, was established which would later become a notorious component of the story of the rise and fall of the organization. It was a ‘mixed’ branch not … Continue reading

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The Brooklyn Spread the Light Club

The Brooklyn Spread the Light Club was set up as an organization devoted to the discussion of economic questions, open to anyone ‘above the age of 16 engaged in useful or honorable employment’. One of its objects was ‘to aid … Continue reading

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