National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer
Knights of Labor
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From Harper’s Weekly, courtesy of Georgia Historical Quarterly.
What was the Knights of Labor?
As the largest labor organization in late nineteenth-century America, the Knights of Labor brought together more than 9,000 workers of all races, occupations, and skills, in its Georgia chapter. By 1886, the organization had nominated political candidates in six Georgia cities, and white members tried their hand at organizing African Americans in the rural South—a dangerous task at the time.
Continue reading about the Knights of Labor in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Sample Primary Sources
Primary sources related to this historical topic are available from the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, which has more than a million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986.