The Printed Politic: Early Unionization and News Media in Industrial Central Connecticut, 1870-1912

Candace Belle Powning, Wesleyan University


Nearing the turn of the 20th century in industrial cities and towns of Central Connecticut, there was a heightened union presence as there had not been before. With the arrival of the Knights of Labor in the 1880s, and later, the Industrial Workers of the World in the 1910s, labor organization was able to interact with politics, legislation, and the public in an interesting way. Due to developments in access to print media and news outlets, these national unions were able to operate locally -- communicating their goals to the public in order to gain the support necessary to wield new social capital in the industrial center of the state.


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