Knights of Labor

Why is there no labor party in the United States? - Robin Archer

Why is the United States the only advanced capitalist country with no labor party? This question is one of the great enduring puzzles of American political development, and it lies at the heart of a fundamental debate about the nature of American society. Tackling this debate head-on, Robin Archer puts forward a new explanation for why there is no American labor party–an explanation that suggests that much of the conventional wisdom about "American exceptionalism" is untenable.

The Working-Class Movement in America: Eleanor Marx

A book detailing the working conditions and the young labour movement of the USA in the 19th Century, based primarily on the daughter of Karl Marx's fifteen week agitation tour.

The Knights of Labor, 1869-1885 - Louis Adamic

Louis Adamic's short history of the Knights of Labor union and some of its key disputes from its founding in 1869 until its successful railway strike of 1885.

The autobiography of Mother Jones

Portrait of Mother Jones

The autobiography of Mary Harris Jones, more commonly known as Mother Jones. The "most dangerous woman in America" and a committed organizer for several unions including the Knights of Labor and the IWW. She was also active in the fight to end child labour and organise every mine.

Documents of the Knights of Labor

Letters from the South Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor, revealing that the color line still remained a serious problem, and that the Knights did not succeed in breaking down the wall separating white and black. They also throw light on some of the special problems facing the KoL when it moved into the South.

Mayday, the 8-hour movement and the Knights of Labor - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's account of the growth of the Knights of Labor union in the US, the agitation for a maximum 8-hour working day and the Chicago Haymarket events of 1886.

Autobiographies of the Haymarket martyrs

The full autobiographies of each of the Haymarket martyrs: eight Chicago anarchists who were sentenced to death and in whose memory we celebrate May Day, International Workers' Day. Originally written for the Knights of Labor journal.

Life of Albert R. Parsons, with brief history of the labor movement in America.

A biography of anarchist, labor activist, newspaper editor, and Haymarket martyr - Albert Parsons. Written by his wife, Lucy Parsons.

"Dynamite... That’s the Stuff" - Louis Adamic

Contemporary depiction of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs

Selections from Chapter 2 of "Dynamite: the Story of Class Violence in America" on the condition of the American working class in the late 19th century, the workers movement including the Knights of Labor and Mayday and the Haymarket martyrs.