Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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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. A wave of mass hysteria swept the country, leading to a sensational trial, that culminated in four controversial executions, and 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, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America.


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Very well researched and well written! - Goodreads
Outstanding research and a great topic to cover. - Goodreads
Fantastic overview of the Chicago labor movement. - Goodreads

Review: Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America

User Review  - Mike Fitzgerald - Goodreads

Didn't finish - found too tedious. Also thought author could have done a better job putting labor history into context of rest of what was going on locally. If one dropped into this world and read this book, they would have thought society revolved only around labor issues. Read full review

Review: Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Now I feel like I understand a major part of Chicago and national history. Read full review

Contents

List of Maps
3
For Once i1 Common Front
27
We May Not Always Be So Secure
39
A LibertyThirsty People
53
The Inevitable Uprising
69
The Flame That Makes the Kettle Boil
91
A Brutal and Inventive Vitality
102
The International
110
A Storm of Strikes
160
A Night of Tenor
177
The Strangest Frenzy
192
You Are Being Weighed in the Balance
233
The Law Is Vindicated
251
The Judgment of History
257
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The Great Upheaval
145

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About the author (2007)

James Green is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He grew up outside of Chicago and now lives with his family in Somerville, Massachusetts.


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