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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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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River
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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John
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Lauren
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Hating this class so actually kind of bitter towards this book also. Pretty interesting but unnecessary detail at some points. I don't know... just can't wait till this class is over.
Rebecca
May 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is a shallow careerist move to make a splash that seriously misrepresents what other historians have said about the Chicago anarchists, essentially setting up a straw man to make Messer Kruse appear to be some kind of defender of truth against falsehood. On the one hand, it says what others have been saying since the 1980s, and what the anarchists themselves said at their trial: that the Haymarket anarchists were revolutionaries who advocated violence and built their defense on the rig ...more
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