Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Anarchist Origins of Mayday

In 1887 four Chicago anarchists were executed. A fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison.

Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who said the trial that convicted them was characterised by "hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge".

The state had, in the words of the prosecution put "Anarchy .. on trial" and hoped their deaths would also be the death of the anarchist idea.

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