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Chicago in the Age of CapitalClass, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction$
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John B. Jentz and Richard Schneirov

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036835

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036835.001.0001

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The Internationale of the Citizen Workers

The Internationale of the Citizen Workers

From Slavery to the Labor Question

(p.53) 2 The Internationale of the Citizen Workers
Chicago in the Age of Capital

John B. Jentz

Richard Schneirov

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the destruction of slavery in Chicago. The destruction of slavery as a national economic and political interest cleared the ground for the rise of a new working class of wage earners, in part by creating a space within the public sphere for working-class issues. Organized in April 1864 by eighteen unions, the General Trades Assembly served as the most important vehicle for articulating a class outlook. Labor's citywide organization was a political interest group representing workers of all skills and backgrounds in Chicago's public life. Workers' awareness of themselves as a class developed further as ethnic and political leaders began to appeal publicly to the new labor interest. The creation of such an enduring organized interest in the public sphere was a critical element in the formation of a new kind of urban politics appropriate to the new capitalist order.

Keywords:   slavery, working class, wage earners, public sphere, General Trades Assembly, urban politics, new capitalist order

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