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Labour Studies
Course
LABRST 1A03
Professor
David Goutor
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 8- Rise and Fall of the K of L- Part 2 October 9, 2013 Ideals and Values - Knights were an idealistic society - Humanity and work - Basic humanity is being lost, need a common bond between all people - First to engage black workers - “bonds of unity” among all workers - Cooperation - Industrial capitalism is new, knights wanted to challenge a lot of it - Wanted to encourage a more cooperative model - Nobility of Toil- that people still have their humanity on the job. Wanted to create the sense that there was dignity in what you did as a job Moral Values - Family - Wanted to fight the sense that you had to go along with what economic changes were happening - Child labour should be challenged - Are the major changes coming with society actually good for us on a moral level? - Is it right that some people have so much money and some people have nothing? Can this be justified? - Particular economic activity they challenged morally: biggest one is speculation-- land speculation - Knights were conservative, posed themselves as protectors of family - They felt that a lot of the changes in the society were putting strain on the family - Young boys had to start working, dads always gone, families are always separated, etc. (classic moral issues that knights tried to raise) Protection of Women - Knights protected women - Men would march and women would be carried in buggies - Breadwinner’s wage • A wage sufficient to support the rest of the family • Knights supported this—moral thing • The man of the house should make the breadwinners wage so that no one else in the family will have to work, especially women and young girls - Organizing Women • A lot of women did work, though • Knights allowed women to organize (work together) • Allowed all female locals • Entire female assemblies • Also allowed female leaders Movement Culture - Trying to change the culture so that people would ask questions - People not just submitting to authority, but asking difficult questions - Did this through educational groups - Media - Assembly halls- where people would socialize and talk about what was going on in the are - Palladium of Labour—biggest newspaper, produced in Hamilton. Very influential. It
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