The Noble Order of Knights of Labor

The Noble Order of Knights of Labor began as a secret society of tailors in Philadelphia on the 9th of December, 1869. The organization grew slowly during the hard years of the 1870s, but worker militancy rose toward the end of the decade, especially after the great railroad strike of 1877, and the Knights’ membership rose with it.

Through a combination of erratic leadership and the continuing factionalism within the union, as well as the widespread repression of labor unions in the late 1880s,  contributed to the ultimate demise of the group.

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