The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century

The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century

The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century

The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century

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The late nineteenth century saw the emergence of many features that we today associate with "American exceptionalism." In the mid1870s the American labor movement did not differ significantly from labor movements in England and France, two countries at roughly the same stage of capitalist development. All were primarily movements of skilled craft workers, all shared broad similarities in rhetoric and behavior. By the early twentieth century, however, the American labor movement had begun to stand apart. Whereas workers in France and England had incorporated less-skilled wage earners into . . .

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