Death in the Haymarket
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On May 4, 1886, an unknown person threw a bomb at some police officers as they left a public gathering in support of striking workers. Dozens of policemen were injured, seven of whom eventually died. Eight men connected directly or indirectly with the rally and its anarchist organizers were arrested afterward and charged with murder. A sensational trial followed, which culminated in four controversial executions. The Haymarket Massacre dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian James Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life an epic twenty-year struggle for the eight-hour workday. Blending a gripping narrative, larger than life characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important chapter in the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of The Gilded Age.
Author: James Green
Paperback: 383 pages
Publisher: Anchor (March 13, 2007)