Workingmen's Democracy

The Knights of Labor and American Politics
Author: Leon Fink
The acclaimed history of the labor powerhouse and its challenge of the Gilded Age
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1985
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About the Book

Focusing on the operation and influence of the Knights of Labor—the leading labor organization of the nineteenth century—Workingmen's Democracy explores the dreams, achievements, and failures of a movement that sought to renew the democratic potential of American institutions.

About the Author

Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His books include The Long Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order and Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises.

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"The pick of a growing crop of studies on the American working class."--The Nation

"An important work, the best of several recent volumes on the Knights."--American Historical Review


Runner-up in both the John H. Dunning Prize and Albert J. Beveridge Award competitions