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Explain the effects of the Haymarket Riot.

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littledevil | eNoter

Posted November 24, 2010 at 6:38 AM via web

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Explain the effects of the Haymarket Riot.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2010 at 6:43 AM (Answer #1)

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The major effect of the Haymarket Riot is that it hurt American labor unions.  It especially hurt the more radical unions and the Knights of Labor in particular.

Before the Haymarket Riot, the Knights of Labor were an important union in the United States.  They were relatively radical since they included women, blacks, immigrants and unskilled workers and because they pretty much wanted workers to have more control over the factories where they worked.

But the Knights were destroyed by the negative public opinion connected with Haymarket.  People saw them as dangerous, violent radicals and stopped supporting them and other unions like them.  This had the long term effect of helping businesses prevent unions from organizing.  Because of that, Haymarket worked to harm the interests of workers.

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