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Knights across the Atlantic: the Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland

Knights across the Atlantic: the Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland

Parfitt, Steven, author

Knights Across the Atlantic tells for the first time the full story of the Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland, where they operated between 1883 and the end of the century. British and Irish Knights drew on the resources of their vast Order to establish a chain of branches through England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland that numbered more than 10,000 members at its peak. British and Irish Knights left a profound imprint on subsequent British labour history. They helped inspire the British "New Unionists" of the 1890s and influenced the movement for working-class politics, independent of Liberals and Conservatives alike, that soon led to the British Labour Party. Knights Across the Atlantic provides new insights into relationships between class and gender, and places the Knights of Labor squarely at the heart of British and Irish as well as American history at the end of the nineteenth century

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Published Liverpool : Liverpool University Press 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Steven Parfitt
ISBN: 1781383189, 1781383537, 1781384142, 9781781383186, 9781781383537, 9781781384145
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-255) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 260 pages).
Series: Studies in labour history ; 7
Subject: History: earliest times to present day.; Gewerkschaft; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Labor.; Labor unions Ireland History 19th century.; Labor unions.; Humanities.; Knights of Labor; Great Britain.; Irland; Knights of Labor.; Labor unions Great Britain History 19th century.; History.; Ireland.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Labor & Industrial Relations.; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900.
Series Title: Studies in labour history (Liverpool University Press) ; 7.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Introduction: The World of the Knights of Labor
  5. 1: Origins
  6. 2: The Rise of a Transnational Movement
  7. 3: Organisation, Culture and Gender
  8. 4: The Knights in Industry
  9. 5: The Knights and Politics
  10. 6: The Knights and the Unions
  11. 7: The Fall of a Transnational Movement
  12. Conclusion: The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland
  13. Appendix
  14. Bibliography
  15. Index.