Look for the nul
defeats it all
the N of all
that rock, the blank
that holds them up
which pulled away--
their fall. Look
for that nul
that's past all
the death of all
-- William Carlos Williams, "Paterson"
American labor exceptionalism--that unexpected combination of weak working-class institutions and unions' political conservatism-- was not foreordained, it was made. The American labor movement was not born "different," or "more limited," or more "job conscious" than other labor movements; it became that way in the wake of the collapse of the Knights of Labor.1. The demise of the Knights foreclosed____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Making of American Exceptionalism:The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century. Contributors: Kim Voss - Author. Publisher: Cornell University Press. Place of publication: Ithaca, NY. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 231.
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