Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 5, 2004 - Business & Economics - 487 pages
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As Canada's most industrialised province, Ontario served as the regional centre of the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor, an organisation which embodied a late nineteenth-century working-class vision of an alternative to the developing industrial-capitalist society. The Order opposed the exploitation of labor, and cultivated working-class unity by providing an institutional and cultural rallying point for North American workers. By 1886 thousands of industrial workers had enrolled within the ranks of Ontario's local and district assemblies. This book examines the rise and fall of the Order, providing case studies of its experience in Toronto and Hamilton and chronicling its impact across the province.
  

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Overview
25
and 1891
48
The structure of the Knights
57
The local setting
93
Hamilton and the Home Club
135
Taking the bad with the good
171
The challenge of 18831887
204
The conflicts of decline
248
Forging a culture
277
Class conflict and the Knights of Labor
330
Conclusion
377
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About the author (2004)

Greg Kealey is Provost, Vice-President Research, and a professor in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick.

BRYAN D. PALMER is Professor of History at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. He is the author of several books including Descent into Discourse: The Reification of Language and the Writing of Social History, Objections and Oppressions: The Histories and Politics of E.P. Thompson, and Goodyear Invades the Backcountry: The Corporate Takeover of a Rural Town.

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