Haymarket Riot

Haymarket Riot
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  • May 4th, 1889 Labor Radicals organized a rally at Haymarket Square.
  • Towards the end of the rally, a group of policemen arrived to disperse the crowd.
  • As the police advanced, an unknown person threw a bomb at them.
  • Both sides opened fire and chaos erupted. Seven police officers and at least one civilian died, and an untold number of people wounded.
  • The riot set off a national wave of xenophobia, as scores of foreign-born radicals and labor organizers were rounded up by the police in Chicago and elsewhere.
  • In the aftermath of the Haymarket Square Riot and subsequent trial and executions, public opinion was divided. For some people, the events led to a heightened anti-labor sentiment, while others believed the men had been convicted unfairly and viewed them as martyrs.
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