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Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and… (utgåvan 2007)

av James Green (Författare)

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On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. Coming in the midst of the largest national strike Americans had ever seen, the bombing created mass hysteria and led to a sensational trial, which culminated in four controversial executions. The trial seized headlines across the country, created the nation's first Red scare and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life the epic twenty-year battle for the eight-hour workday. He also gives us a portrait of Chicago, the Midwestern powerhouse of the Gilded Age. Throughout, we are reminded of the increasing power of newspapers as they stirred up popular fears of the immigrants and radicals who led the unions.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America
Författare:James Green (Författare)
Info:Anchor (2007), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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You may be surprised to know that the nation’s first red scare predates McCarthyism by more than 6 decades. Labor historian James Green brings vividly to life the struggle for the 8-hour working day at its epicenter, Chicago of the 1860s to the 1880s. But this books is much more than an academic history of the American working class - it also includes the drama and suspense of a courtroom thriller.

The other protagonists in this books are the men who would ultimately be known throughout the world as the 'Martyrs of Haymarket' and serve as the inspiration for the designation of May 1 as international labor day. The defendants of ‘the trial of the [19th] century’ were 8 anarchists whose ‘incendiary’ words were used to convict them of the death of several police officers and civilians when in May of 1886 an unidentified individual threw an explosive device on a workers’ demonstration at Haymarket Square.

Green’s narrative completely immerses you in the lives of the anarchists who played a leading role in the Chicago workers’ fight for a shorter working day. The author’s description of the trial and the attempt to secure an amnesty seems so much like a first-hand account that it almost appears for a while that the lives of the key anarchists - Parsons, Spies, Engel, and Fischer- will be spared but history tells us otherwise. The red scare that ensued after the Haymarket explosion led not only to the suppression of radicals of all shades but also to the defeat of the labor movement and its aftermath continued to affect American workers well into the 20th century. Green’s description of the authorities’ attack on civil liberties in order to stamp out ‘un-American’ beliefs is also eerily reminiscent of recent developments. ( )
4 rösta seisdedos | Mar 20, 2007 |
If you're into American history, the history of the labor movement, or just want to see that how much things change, how much they stay the same, give it a read. Very interesting. Quite thought-provoking. ( )
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On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. Coming in the midst of the largest national strike Americans had ever seen, the bombing created mass hysteria and led to a sensational trial, which culminated in four controversial executions. The trial seized headlines across the country, created the nation's first Red scare and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life the epic twenty-year battle for the eight-hour workday. He also gives us a portrait of Chicago, the Midwestern powerhouse of the Gilded Age. Throughout, we are reminded of the increasing power of newspapers as they stirred up popular fears of the immigrants and radicals who led the unions.--From publisher description.

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