How Successful Was Organized Labor in Improving the Position of Workers in the Period from 1875-1900? Analyze the Factors That Contributed to the Level of Success Achieved.

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Relying on a critical evaluation of the accompanying documents and your knowledge of the time period, assess the validity of this statement: "The growth of organized labor between 1875 and 1900 was not a radical threat to American society." ________________________________________ Document A Source: From the Depths, William Balfour Ker, 1906 ________________________________________ Document B Source: Terence V. Powderly, The Knights of Labor Champion Reform, 1887 We are breaking up old traditions. We are breaking up hereditary rights, and planting everywhere the seed of universal rights. We are breaking up the idea that money makes the man and not moral worth. We are breaking up the idea that might makes right... We are…show more content…
________________________________________ Document F Source: Terrence V. Powderly, Thirty Years of Labor, 1859-1889 (Philadelphia: T. V. Powderly, 1890) The annual convention of the Knights of Labor that convened in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4, 1886, took place in a region driven by racial and political conflict. You stand face to face with a stern, living reality; a responsibility which cannot be avoided or shirked. The Negro question is a living reality; a responsibility that cannot be avoided or shirked. The first proposition that stares us in the face is this: the Negro is free; he is here and he is here to stay. He is a citizen and must learn to manage his own affairs. His labor and that of the white man will be thrown upon the market side by side, and no human eye can detect a difference between the article manufactured by the black mechanic and that manufactured by the white mechanic. Both claim an equal share of the protection afforded to American labor, and both mechanics must sink their differences or fall prey to the slave labor now being imported to this country. Every man has the right to say who shall enter beneath his roof; who shall occupy the same bed, private conveyance, or such other place as he is the master of. I reserve for myself the right to say who I will or will not associate with. That right belongs to

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