The Difficulty Of Fusion : Jack Walton And The Farmer Laborer Reconstruction League

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Dr. Quincy Lehr
The Difficulty of Fusion: Jack Walton and the Farmer-Laborer Reconstruction League in Post-World War I Oklahoma

Organized labor first entered Oklahoma with railroad work and mining, in the Indian Territory. During the late 1800’s strikes were sponsored by groups such as the Knights of Labor. The UMWA strike lasted from 1898 until 1903, and was helped lead by Peter Hanraty. The result of this strike was the 1903 agreement with mine operators that guaranteed most of the strikers’ demands, including recognition of the union, eight-hour days, and payment of wages twice a month. After this, higher wages and shorter hours remained a constant tradition here in Oklahoma.

After the first World War, there were many strikes in Oklahoma, including strikes by coal miners, bricklayers, packing-plant workers, and this led to lynching, telephone operators, and streetcar operators. John C. “Jack” Walton, gained office as the governor after the endorsement by the Farmer-Labor Reconstruction League. The Farmer-Labor Reconstruction league was a group of labor unions; the Farmer’s Union, and parts of the Socialist Party that joined together to enact favorable labor legislation in this period of agriculture and industrial confusion. Walton turned on his backers and his bad decisions of other duties of his office by tying to get certain programs running which led to his impeachment by the legislature.

During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt…

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