Unions and the Labor Movement

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What were the names of the early labor unions in the United States?

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There are three early labor unions that are fairly well-known in American history.

The first of these was the National Labor Union.  It was created in 1866 and led by a man named William Sylvis.  This union died by 1874.

The second major union was the Knights of Labor.  This...

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There are three early labor unions that are fairly well-known in American history.

The first of these was the National Labor Union.  It was created in 1866 and led by a man named William Sylvis.  This union died by 1874.

The second major union was the Knights of Labor.  This one was created in 1869.  Its most famous leader was a man named Terence Powderly.  This union died off after the Haymarket Riots of 1886.

The final important early union was the American Federation of Labor.  This union was formed after the Haymarket Riots.  Its most important leader was Samuel Gompers.

These are the three best-known early attempts at major national labor unions.

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