Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

May 4, 1886

ImageWorkers rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to protest the police shootings of striking workers outside Chicago’s McCormick plant the previous day.  As the police moved in to disperse the crowd, a bomb was thrown and in the ensuing chaos, an undetermined number of people were killed and injured.  Despite any credible evidence linking them to the bombing, eight anarchists and labor activists were convicted of murder; four of them were executed.


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