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"“We Can't Get Them to Do Aggressive Work”: Chicago's Anarchists and the Eight-Hour Movement"

by Nelson, Bruce C (1986)


In the last month before the Haymarket Riot, Chicago's labor movement staged two grand demonstrations as it prepared to inaugurate the Eight Hour Day on May 1. The Knights of Labor and the Trade and Labor Assembly arranged the first on April 10, the International Working Peoples' Association (IWPA) and the Central Labor Union (CLU) arranged the second, two weeks later, on Easter Sunday, April 25. The two demonstrations shared a common purpose—to rally the city's labor movement around shorter hours—but they could not have been more different.


Anarchy, Anarchism, Knights Of Labor, Labor Movement, Working Hours, Labor Demonstrations, Trade Unions, Haymarket Riot


Knights of Labor, Anarchism

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