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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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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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Peter J McGuire

Peter J McGuire, born in 1852 in New York City, was a carpenter and, in his early years, a political activist as well as an active labor unionist. He was a founder of the Social Workingmen’s Party of America in … Continue reading

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