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Unformatted text preview: al — Overthrow of capitalism, replaced by committees • Goal — Improve position of “direct producers” through of workers in each enterprise. education and social reform. • Opposed strikes — Favored political and social reform over work stoppages. • Lasting contribution — Worker‐owned cooperatives; included women in their locals. Outline of North American Labor History… GENERAL UNIONS: THE KNIGHTS AND THE WOBBLIES (CONTINUED) 1913 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts — Poor working conditions and wage cuts. • More than 20,000 textile workers (many of them women and children) participated — desperate struggle transformed into one of the most significant victories in American labor history. Result: Wages raised, conditions improved in textile industry as a whole. Legislation that restricted exploitation of child and female labor. Outline of North American Labor History… GENERAL UNIONS: THE KNIGHTS AND THE WOBBLIES (CONTINUED) Employer Resistance • Reluctant to give w...
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