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Voice of the 99% – from Knights of Labor to the Occupy Movements

Watch the Livestream of this lecture. It was recorded – Jul 15 2015 2:30 AM EDT Click on the photo opposite or below to view.  

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Parade Banners

During the parade through Manhattan on September 5th 1882, many banners were carried reflecting the range of interests of the participants. Some were unifying generic slogans reflecting the fact that it was a labor march, for example:Among these were: All … Continue reading

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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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Theodore Cuno

Theodore Cuno, born in Prussia in 1847 and an engineer by profession, was a prominent member of Marx’s International Workingman’s Association (the First International) in Europe. Exiled from Milan he moved to the US in 1870, where he worked firstly … Continue reading

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