The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age
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The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age

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In this controversial and groundbreaking new history, Timothy Messer-Kruse rewrites the standard narrative of the most iconic event in American labor history: the Haymarket Bombing and Trial of 1886. Using thousands of pages of previously unexamined materials, Messer-Kruse demonstrates that, contrary to longstanding historical opinion, the trial was not the “travesty of ju...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2011)
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John
The writing is not exciting, but this revisionist history goes back to original source material, shedding a lot of light on the Haymarket bombing and its aftermath.
V
This is an interesting book that offers a lot of insights into the Haymarket anarchists.

The basis of the work is the author's re-examination of much original source material (mainly the trial transcripts, but also press accounts) and the scholarship that had been done since the trial. Based on this, Messer-Kruse presents a compelling argument that the common conventional interpretation of the Haymarket Riot--that the anarchists were tried for free speech--is incorrect and that rather the anarchi...more
John
I’m always fascinated when historians discover things that they didn’t expect and didn’t set out to find. Such histories are frequently the most interesting, the most challenging, and the most revolutionary.

Timothy Messer-Kruse began his journey into the history of the Haymarket Anarchists without any sense of what was waiting there. His reassessment of this piece of American and labor history is important and eye-opening.

His work is based on three basic premises:

1) The prevailing accepted histo...more
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