was a labor union. Founded by Philadelphian garment cutters, the Knights of Labor sought to promote economic cooperation by bringing together the employed regardless of skill level, race (exculding the Chinese) or gender.
The Knights of Labor thought that if corporate America were to reform certain aspects of business, free themselves from ignorance and alcohol, and let go of the concept of a monopoly, America would finally become a truly democratic society. The Knights hoped to see restrictions in child labor, more land for homesteading, the removal of contract labor and a graduated income tax. They wanted to abolish the wage system, but failed. The Knights of Labor were at their highest success when they supported the eight-hour week day.