The American Federation of Labor: Definition, Goals & History


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Which types of workers joined the American Federation of Labor?

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1. What was the central strategy of the AFL?

2. After a series of successes, when did the fortunes of the AFL begin to decline?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Labor unions began forming after the Civil War during a time of rapid industrialization, and the complementary quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of the history and purpose of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). The quiz questions range from who joined the AFL to the essential purpose of the group.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be tested on the:

  • Merger of the American Federation of Labor with another labor union
  • Wagner Act of 1935
  • Weakening of the American Federation of Labor
  • AFL's main purpose
  • Specific type of worker welcomed into AFL membership

Skills Practiced

Hone your ability to use these important skills by utilizing the worksheet/quiz pairing:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the history and purpose of the American Federation of Labor from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge about industrial factory conditions to understand the creation and role of labor unions
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Wagner Act and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge recall - access the knowledge you have acquired about the merger between the AFL and another union in the 1950s

Additional Learning

Want to know more? Then we invite you to enjoy the accompanying lesson entitled The American Federation of Labor: Definition, Goals & History. Included in the lesson are these important learning objectives:

  • Learn about the first labor unions, including the Knights of Labor
  • Know the founder of the American Federation of Labor
  • Understand real-world success stories of the AFL
  • Identify the U.S. President who supported labor unions in the early 20th Century