Accused and the Accusers.

Accused and the Accusers.

Item #62850

(HAYMARKET SQUARE RIOTS). The Accused and the Accusers. The Famous Speeches of the Eight Chicago Anarchists in Court. When Asked If They Had Anything To Say Why Sentence Should Not Be Passed Upon Them. On October 7th, 8th and 9th, 1886. Chicago, Illinois. Chicago: Socialistic Publishing Society, 1886. 1st ed. 188pp. Rebacked with orig. printed wrappers retained, custom cloth clamshell box, morocco spine. Wrappers sunned, light chipping, else a very good or better copy. Contains addresses by August Spies, Michel Schwab, Oscar Neebe, Adolph Fischer, Louis Lingg, George Engel, Samuel Fielden, and Albert R. Parsons. On 4 May 1886, what began as a peaceful gathering in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day became a melee when an unknown person threw a bomb at police as they dispersed the meeting. At least seven police and four others were killed and many wounded by the blast and subsequent gunfire. The eight anarchists whose speeches are gathered here were convicted of conspiracy. Though the evidence showed that one may have helped construct the bomb, none of them had thrown it. Seven were sentenced to death and the other to 15 years; ultimately, four of the convicted were hanged.

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