Modern history

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

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

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.

Prologue

Chapter 1. For Once in Common Front

Chapter 2. A Paradise for Workers and Speculators

Chapter 3. We May Not Always Be So Secure

Chapter 4. A Liberty-Thirsty People

Chapter 5. The Inevitable Uprising

Chapter 6. The Flame That Makes the Kettle Boil

Chapter 7. A Brutal and Inventive Vitality

Chapter 8. The International

Chapter 9. The Great Upheaval

Chapter 10. A Storm of Strikes

Chapter 11. A Night of Terror

Chapter 12. The Strangest Frenzy

Chapter 13. Every Man on the Jury Was an American

Chapter 14. You Are Being Weighed in the Balance

Chapter 15. The Law Is Vindicated

Chapter 16. The Judgment of History

Epilogue

Notes