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Terence V. Powderly

Terence Powderly was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania, the son of Irish immigrants. A machinist until his late 20s, he became a union activist in the early 1870s and joined the secretive fraternal brotherhood of the Knights of Labor in … Continue reading

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Robert Blissert

Robert Blissert, a Irish-born tailor and trade unionist, emigrated from England in the late 1860s having been blacklisted in Britain for his union activities. He was a prominent activist and orator in New York through the 1870s and 1880s in … 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 Irish World

The Irish World was founded by Patrick Ford in Brooklyn in 1870. Linking Irish news to labor issues that were more international in character, it reached at one stage a circulation of 100,000. In the light of this broad range … Continue reading

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Socialistic Labor Party

The party had initially been founded in 1876 as the Workingmen’s Party, as a result of the merger of four groups including Marx’s Internal Workingmen’s Association (the First International) which had moved its headquarters from Europe to New York. Initially, … Continue reading

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