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Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America Paperback – March 13, 2007
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Green shows how the media, police and state militia were predominantly held under the influence of the industrialists, who felt it their god-given right to set the rules for the market economy at the time. While economic giants like McCormick and Pullman attempted to create more ameniable workplaces, even they refused to negotiate with unions, preferring instead to hire scabs and use the Pinkerton Agency to break strikes. The early socialist movement preferred to negotiate with the industrialists, knowing it was a long term process to get better pay and working conditions, but the anarchists felt that stronger resistance was necessary and labor leaders like Parsons and Spies became the spokesmen for the growing anarchist movement in America.
The book chronicles the events that led up to the Haymarket bombing, illustrating the many attempts of the industrialists and indeed the city to quash the labor movements.Read more ›
The Growth of Chicago
As the book points out in its early chapters, the setting for the Haymarket incident was the astounding growth of the city of Chicago. Several newly emerging technologies resonated with creating a big city at the south end of Lake Michigan: steel, railroads, lumber and meat packing were the most spectacular.
These industries created a lot of new companies, jobs and wealth. The new companies entered all the above listed areas, and the new jobs they created were available to all comers. The new wealth that all this industrializing created was used to create even more new companies, hire more new workers and create one of the first large-scale wealthy classes of Americans. Sadly, many of the workers coming to this booming Chicago felt they weren't getting their fair share of this prosperity, so there was lots of labor unrest mixed in with all the other excitement of this rapidly growing Chicago social scene.
The Great Chicago Fire
Chapter Three talks about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire was the result of freaky weather conditions mixing with of a lot of hasty building in the city using lots of lumber. Much of the city burned to a crisp.
But the foundations for why the city had been growing were not shaken, so the city rebuilt quickly. One surprising fallout of this natural disaster was to bring together various immigrant worker groups into a larger sense of cooperation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great narrative. Made an old topic new again. No new insight though.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Historical work that has relevance for today's issues between labor and capitol.Published 11 months ago by Carol Newman-Holitza
This is a nice, detailed overview of the Haymarket Square bombing and its historical impact. This book probably won't appeal to all - it takes a long time to get to the actual... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tim N.
Author sets the context well. Provides an overload of detail throughout. Very worthwhile wrap up at the end.Published 13 months ago by jimbo531
Excellant on the long pre-history of the Haymarket events. Great labor history!Published 16 months ago by Christine R.Long
A very good read on the eight hour movement, the anarchists, the Haymarket bomb and its aftermath. I could not keep the book down.Published 20 months ago by Gusrp
The tragic events of May 4, 1886 and in the Haymarket in Chicago and the aftermath of those events have left more questions than answers for historians. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeff Miller