The Haymarket affair was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago.
Although it was never determined who threw the bomb, the incident was used as an excuse to attack the entire Left and labor movement. Police ransacked the homes and offices of suspected anarchists and socialists, and hundreds were arrested without charge. Anarchists, in particular, were harassed, and eight of Chicago’s most active—Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, Louis Lingg, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden and Oscar Neebe—were charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with the Haymarket bombing.
Despite a lack of evidence connecting any of them to the bomb-thrower (only one was present at the rally and he was on the speaker’s platform), all 8 were found guilty, with 7 being sentenced to death and the remaining anarchist Oscar Neebe being sentenced to 15 years in prison. Michael Schwab and Samuel Fielden were eventually given life sentences after international pressure. Louis Lingg took his own life before the state could & the remaining men were hanged on November 11, 1887.
These shirts help us remember the martyrs of the 8-hour movement.
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