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National Trades' Union

NATIONAL TRADES' UNION

NATIONAL TRADES' UNION. In the mid-1830s, hard times and frustration with the inutility of their expanded voting rights drove tens of thousands of urban wage earners toward unionism. By 1836 as many as fifty local unions had formed in Philadelphia and New York, with more in Baltimore; Boston; Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York; Washington, D.C.; Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; and elsewhere. While some organized national unions within their crafts, most participated in citywide "trades' unions," which established the short-lived National Trades' Union in 1834 under the presidencies of first Ely Moore then John Commerford. The NTU collapsed with most of its constituent bodies during the panic of 1837.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Pessen, Edward. Most Uncommon Jacksonians: The Radical Leaders of the Early Labor Movement. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1967.

Mark A.Lause

See alsoTrade Unions .

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