Contemporary Books Discussion Group: Death in the Haymarket

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 1/16/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Join us for a discussion of "Death in the Haymarket" by James Green. This discussion will be led by Michael Hustedde. On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. A wave of mass hysteria swept the country, leading to a sensational trial, that culminated in four controversial executions, and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian James Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life an epic twenty-year struggle for the eight-hour workday. Blending a gripping narrative, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America. The Haymarket Affair is generally considered significant in the establishment of May 1 as an International Workers Day.

Books available for loan on a first-come basis at the previous month's Contemporary Books Discussion and after that at the Information Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Location: Elizabeth R Malmros Room
Other Information:
 literature program
Contact: Courtney Mongiat
Contact Number: 563-344-5705