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Definition of the noun american federation of labor

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  1. a federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of American Federation of Labor: AFL
    • more generic word: federation = an organization formed by merging several groups or parties

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Google preview'Big Bill' Haywood (1987)

by Melvyn Dubofsky

The American Federation of Labor is a loosely constructed association of craft unions without common industrial and social interests. The Industrial Workers of the World are One Big Union of the working class, organized as the workers are ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in America (2002)

by James Stuart Olson

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR. The first successful national American labor union was the American Federation of Labor. The Industrial Revolution changed forever the relationship between ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History (2013)

by Melvyn Dubofsky

the formation five years later of the most durable labor organization in North American history, the American Federation of Labor. The impetus for the FOTLU's formation came from the leaders oftrade unions who had become disaffected with ...

Google previewAmerican Economic History: A Dictionary and Chronology (2015)

A Dictionary and Chronology by James S. Olson, Abraham O. Mendoza

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR–CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS In 1955, after agreeing to discontinue the practice of raiding rival unions for members, the American Federation of Labor* (AFL) under George Meany ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (2016)

by Immanuel Ness, Zak Cope

'In the Interest of Democracy': The Rise and Fall of the Early Cold War Alliance Between the American Federation of Labor and the Central Intelligence Agency. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang. Hughes, Quenby Olmsted. 2013. 'The American ...

Google previewThe Great Black Migration: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2014)

by Steven A. Reich

The Great Migration transformed African Americans and, in the process, forced the American Federation of Labor (AFL) to evolve. Ultimately, the American labor movement became far more inclusive, thereby better representing the interests of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. Political History (2010)

by Andrew Robertson, William G. Shade, Robert Johnston, Robert Zieger, Thomas Langston, Richard Valelly

During the late 1800s, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) emerged as the predominant labor organization in America. Drawing on earlier American traditions of labor activism, the AFL dramatically changed the lives of thousands of ...

Google previewRevolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2010)

An Encyclopedia by Steven L. Danver

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) grew out of dissatisfied members of the Knights of Labor during the 1880s. This new union grouping would remain the largest such organization even after the formation of the Congress of Industrial ...

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American Federation of Labor Building

The American Federation of Labor Building at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. The building is a National Historic Landmark.

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