Brookwood Labor College, at Katonah, N.Y.; founded in 1921 in association with the American Federation of Labor as an experimental college. Brookwood was an attempt to create an alternative to traditional colleges. It lasted only until 1937, when it fell victim to the Depression and to factionalism in the AFL. Although Brookwood's student body was small, its conferences drew activists from around the country and provided a forum that helped legitimize the labor movement.
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