Death in the Haymarket by James R. Green

Death in the Haymarket

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 ...

Details Death in the Haymarket

TitleDeath in the Haymarket
Release DateMar 13th, 2007
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Labor, Politics, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Death in the Haymarket

  • Tim
    You will never look at your working conditions the same again. Great read. Compelling, full of information. The whole thing comes alive. You will probably be angry when you put this book down, either because you agree with the author's reading of history, or because you don't. People died for an eight hour work day. Of course, what goes along with that is that people were willing to kill to prevent the eight hour work day.
  • Bethany Woodson
    This was a great read, full of valuable information about an under-appreciated time in American history. I have to warn you though (spoiler alert), this would not be considered by most to be a happy story. This is not something taught in history class because it makes you question everything you know about anarchy in America. I highly recommend this book because it gives an important and often unheard narrative about the battle between workers an...
  • Matt
    This is simply one of the most powerful, powerfully executed, georgeously written books I've read in a long time.The Haymarket Affair is one of the great lost moments of American you don't have an excuse not to know about it.The writing nails everything you could possibly want: the mood and atmosphere of late 19th Century Chicago, Gilded up and low down depending on what street you're on, unforgettable characters (the dashing and ...
  • Sara
    A very educational book. I didn't know much about the events leading up to the Haymarket, or what happened after it, but I do enjoy my eight hour workday.
  • Julie
    I'm trying to catch up on my knowledge of labor history. This is such an important story, was just a little hard to get into.
  • William Dean
    If this kind of thing was actually taught in history class, we'd have a whole different world.
  • Matt Mishkoff
    Maybe it's because I was coming to the subject matter with such a complete lack of knowledge, but I found this book to be absolutely captivating and very educational. It's not just about the Haymarket incident - it's about the beginning of the labor movement in America and what life was like for average working people in Gilded Age Chicago. From the perch of history it's stunning to read about the hardships that people had to endure and the amoun...
  • Mike
    A decent book about the labor movement in Chicago in the 1870s and 1880s. The main story focuses on the famous Haymarket incident where dynamite (or was it?) was thrown into a crowd of policemen who were trying to break up what had been a peaceful crowd of demonstrators. The last 100 pages of the book that focus on the incident and resulting court case were the most interesting by far. I felt like the book could have been cut in half and told thi...
  • Bob
    The tragic story of a fight for justice, overpowered by greed and indifference. Haymarket was a labor rally, not something that should have erupted into violence. But it did, from an anarchist's bomb. The result: four men were hung, and they were almost certainly innocent. Not America's finest moment.Today, the labor movement is largely forgotten; robber baron greed and indifference replaced by CEO arrogance and lack of respect. Oh well.This book...
  • Joletta
    This book talked about the start of unions particularly focusing on Chicago and the strikes and rallys for the 8 hr work day. The bombing itself and the trial were just crazy and it is horrible to know that in our country people were sentenced to death for what they said and not what they did. Great book.