By the late 1880s, visionary entrepreneurs and infrastructure builders had laid the foundations for Chicago to become the country’s Midwestern hub. Cutting edge technology was implemented in the city’s infrastructure, buildings, and industries, and immigrants streamed in to provide the manpower demanded by industrial and commercial enterprises. But benevolent management would not (to) be a workplace priority. Perhaps predictably, socialist and anarchist activists came to Chicago to agitate for an eight-hour workday, and by 1886 concessions seemed possible. But a pipe bomb thrown at an anarchist rally at Haymarket resulted in police and civilian deaths and injuries. Labor Historian James Green, in Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, The First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America (Anchor Press 2007), tells the compelling story of the events at Haymarket, the anarchists who were charged with the deaths, their trial, and the aftermath. Woven into this riveting account are the roles played by the industrialists, politicians, journalists, and the judicial system that tried them. Join us for our twelve-week study of this important event in Chicago’s labor history. No class on 9/18/18 and 12/11/18.