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The first Mayday : the Haymarket speeches, 1895-1910

Author: Voltairine De Cleyre; Paul Avrich; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: Sanday, Orkney : Cienfuegos Press, New York, N.Y. : Libertarian Book Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota : Soil of Liberty, London : typeset by Bread 'n Roses, New York ; Chicago : Haymarket Press, 1980. 1980. 1980. 1980. 1980.
Series: New anarchist library.
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On 1 May 1886, 800,000 workers from all trades and factories througout the US went on strike in support of the eight-hour work day. In Chicago, a stronghold of immigrant labour and anarchists, 300,000 workers struck and marched through the city streets in a huge display of proletarian power. Before the Chicago May Day strike action began, the management at McCormick Machine Co. (now International Harvester) had  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Voltairine De Cleyre; Paul Avrich; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0904564355 9780904564358
OCLC Number: 12024789
Description: ii, 53 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: New anarchist library.
Responsibility: by Voltairine De Cleyre ; with an introduction, notes, and bibliography by Paul Avrich.

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On 1 May 1886, 800,000 workers from all trades and factories througout the US went on strike in support of the eight-hour work day. In Chicago, a stronghold of immigrant labour and anarchists, 300,000 workers struck and marched through the city streets in a huge display of proletarian power. Before the Chicago May Day strike action began, the management at McCormick Machine Co. (now International Harvester) had locked out 1500 workers over a wage dispute. On 3 May, when pickets attempted to prevent blackleg labour entering the plant, the Chicago police opened fire on the workers, killing four and wounding many more. Outraged at this act of naked aggression, radical newspaper called for armed resistance against the bloodthirsty Chicago police, and a protest rally was called for the following day (4 May) at Haymarket Square. ...As the meeting came to an end, 200 police moved in on the crowd. Suddenly, a bomb was thrown and exploded in the midst of the police, who immediately opened fire on the assembled workers. ...Five anarchists were convicted and sentenced to hang.... They were later shown to have had nothing to do with the bombings. -- Cover, page [4]

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