Storm the Fort
Toiling millions now are waking, See them marching on; All the tyrants now are shaking, Ere their power is gone.
Chorus Storm the fort, ye Knights of Labor, Battle for your cause; Equal rights for every neighbor, Down with tyrant laws!
Lazy drones steal all the honey From hard labor's hives; Bankers control the nation's money And destroy your lives.
Do not load the workman's shoulder With an unjust debt; Do not let the rich bondholder Live by blood and sweat.
Why should those who fought for freedom Wear old slavery's chains? Workingmen will quickly break them When they use their brains.
In 1887, Frances Willard wrote to Terence V. Powderly with what she feared was a "trivial" concern. Why, she wondered, did the "Knights____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Beyond Labor's Veil:The Culture of the Knights of Labor. Contributors: Robert E. Weir - Author. Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press. Place of publication: University Park, PA. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 103.
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