Bureau of Labor Established - Research Article from St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 9 pages of information about Bureau of Labor Established.
This section contains 2,612 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Bureau of Labor Established Encyclopedia Article

Bureau of Labor Established

United States 1884

Synopsis

The fight for a federal department of labor began in the late 1800s and spanned almost 50 years. Shortly after the Civil War, William H. Sylvis and the National Labor Union lobbied for a Department of Labor, but Congress was unwilling to create any new cabinet-level departments. When Sylvis died in 1869 and the National Labor Union dissolved in 1873, the movement slumped. In response, a number of states created their own bureaus of labor. Under the leadership of Terence Powderly and the Knights of Labor, some leaders changed their strategy and proposed a national Bureau of Labor, which was created in 1884 and placed under the Department of the Interior.

Timeline

  • 1864: George M. Pullman and Ben Field patent their design for a sleeping car with folding upper berths.
  • 1869: The first U.S. transcontinental railway is completed.
  • 1874: Gold is discovered in the Black...

(read more)

This section contains 2,612 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Bureau of Labor Established Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide
Bureau of Labor Established from St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook