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On February 26, 1885, the Alien Contract Labor Act, better known as the Foran Act, restricting contract laborers from entering the U.S., passed Congress, putting additional pressure to stop Chinese and eastern European immigration as a result of white labor angry over foreign competition. If there was two things that white workers hated in the […]
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On August 13, 1887, leathermakers in Newark, New Jersey, locked out their employees as a strategy to crush the Knights of Labor. This lockout would demonstrate the lengths to which American employers would go in order to ensure their shops remained union-free, a significant departure from the accommodations made by European employers, a difference that […]
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On March 6, 1886, the Great Southwest Strike began, marking the start of a year of worker revolt against the exploitation of Gilded Age capitalism. Over 200,000 railroad workers went on strike, but the failure to win helped usher in the decline of the Knights of Labor. The widely and publicly loathed Jay Gould was […]
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