Blog Topic #6 for HIS 237


Using my video, the annotated article (notice that I made some remarks where I disagree with the author), and the text, discuss the 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike. The Ten Hour Law (1885), which working men (united under the Knights of Labor) fought for, was not effective enough to protect Michigan’s working men. Although a plethora of strikes were waged in numerous industries over long hours of work, this week, let’s concentrate on the struggle within the context of the 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike. What does the strike tell us about industrial relations and the balance of power between laborers and employers in the late 19th century?

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