The Haymarket Riot: “It is a subterranean fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

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The Chicago Riot book cover

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by Elizabeth Schulte
April 29, 2011

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

The epicenter of this great labor struggle was Chicago, where the eight-hour movement inspired defiant protests and strikes–and inspired fear and repression from bosses and their loyal servants in law enforcement.

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