History of Labour in the United States - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER II
REVOLUTIONARY BEGINNINGS

The International Workingmen's Association. Its emphasis on trade unionism, 204. Its attitude towards political action, 205. Lassalle's programme and the emphasis on political action, 206. Forerunners of the International in America, 206. The Communist Club, 206. F. A. Sorge, 207. The General German Workingmen's Union and its Lassallean programme, 207. The Social party of New York and Vicinity, 208. Failure and reorganisation, 209. Union 5 of the National Labor Union and Section 1 of the International, 209. New sections of the International, 209. The Central Committee, 210. The native American forerunner of the International, 210. Section 12, and its peculiar propaganda, 211. Rupture between the foreigners and Americans in the International, 211. The Provisional Federal Council, 212. The two rival Councils, 212. Decision of the General Council in London, 213. American Confederation of the International and its attitude on the question of the powers of the General Council, 213. The North American Federation of the International, 214. The Internationalist Congress at The Hague and the defeat of Bakunin by Marx, 214. Transfer of the General Council to New York, 215. Secession of a majority of the European national federations, 215. Section 1 of New York and the Local Council, 216. Abolition of the Local Council, 216. National Convention of 1874 and the resolution on politics, 218. The secession of six sections, 217. Adolph Strasser, 218. Panic and unemployment, 219. Organisation of the unemployed, 219. The riot on Tompkins Square, 220. John Swinton, 220. Organisation among the unemployed in Chicago, 220. Section 1 of New York and the struggle for the control of the Arbeiter-Zeitung, 221. The United Workers of America, 222. P. J. McDonnell, 222.

The International and the Trade Union Movement. Lack of response among the native American workingmen, 223. Success among the Germans, 223. Die Arbeiter-Union, 223. Adolph Douai, 224. Temporary sway of greenbackism among the Germans, 224. Victory of the ideas of the International, 225. The Franco-Prussian War and the discontinuance of Die Arbeiter-Union, 225. Organisation of the furniture workers, 225. German- American Typographia, 226. Amalgamated Trades and Labor Council of New York, 226. Lassalleanism and Politics. Effect of the industrial depression on the spread of Lassalleanism, 227. The Labor party of Illinois and its form of organisation, 228. Its attitude toward trade unionism and politics, 228. Temporary Lassalleanisation of the sections of the International in Chicago, 229. The Labor party of Illinois in politics, 229. Overtures to farmers, 230. Return to the principles of the International, 230. The Lassallean movement in the East -- The Social Democratic party of North America, 230. The first national convention, 231. Peter J. McGuire, 231. Reasons

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