The Knights of Labor

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The Knights of Labor


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Khan Academy
Type: Informational Material


This informational material comes from Khan Academy and is an article about labor unions during the Industrial Age. The article gives an overview of the American Federation of Labor and the Haymarket Square Riot.  Students can read this article and answer the questions at the end.  This article can be used during a lesson on the Industrial Age and as an assessment after the lesson.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 11
United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
1 ) Explain the transition of the United States from an agrarian society to an industrial nation prior to World War I. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.k.]

•  Interpreting the impact of change from workshop to factory on workers' lives, including the New Industrial Age from 1870 to 1900, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Pullman Strike, the Haymarket Square Riot, and the impact of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers, Eugene V. Debs, A. Philip Randolph, and Thomas Alva Edison

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.11.1- Compare an agricultural society and an industrial nation; identify specific examples of the transition from 1870 to prior to World War I.
SS.AAS.11.1a- Define agrarian society, assimilation, industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.
SS.AAS.11.1b - Identify groups of western settlers, including areas of conflict with Native Americans.
SS.AAS.11.1c - Identify various advancements made during the Western Expansion including windmills, barbed wire, revolver, and the transcontine

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Author: Ginger Boyd