The Knights of Labor: Definition, History, Goals & Leader


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The Knights of Labor was the main labor organization during what period in American history?

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1. Why did employers oppose unions during the Gilded Age?

2. Which of the following was NOT one of the strategies employed by business owners against union activity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of the Knights of Labor. Strategies of business owners and protections for workers will be covered.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Protections for workers offered in the late 19th century
  • The era in which the Knights of Labor were the top labor organization
  • Strategies used by business owners against union activity
  • Traits of Knights of Labor membership

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Knights of Labor
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of the Knights
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the relations between unions and business owners in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, The Knights of Labor: Definition, History, Goals & Leader. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines union
  • Explains the impact of Terence Powderly
  • Covers strategies that businesses used against unions
  • Explores the downfall of the the Knights of Labor