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Knights of Labor blamed for the Haymarket Square Riot of 1886

"Early in 1886 labor unions were beginning a movement for an eight-hour day. Union activists called a one day general strike in Chicago. On May 1 many Chicago workers struck for shorter hours. An active group of radicals and anarchists became involved in the campaign. Two days later a shooting and one death occurred during a riot at the McCormick Reaper plant when police tangled with the strikers." (4)

This incident was blamed by the Knights of Labor but they completely denied the strike.

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