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UNION LABOR PARTY was organized in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1887 in an attempt to unite the remnants of the Greenback Labor Party with wage earners who had been politicized by industrial conflicts. The Haymarket Riot of 1886 led to a major backlash against organized labor and created a political climate hostile to labor parties. Consequently, during the 1888 presidential campaign neither major party made overtures to organized labor, and the Union Labor Party remained on the political fringe. Alson J. Streeter of Illinois, presidential nominee in 1888, received only 147,000 votes, the bulk of which came from the agricultural South and West.


Brody, David. The American Labor Movement. New York: Harper and Row, 1971.

Montgomery, David. The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865–1925. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Chester M.Destler/a. g.

See alsoGreenback Movement ; Haymarket Riot ; Labor Parties .

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