Time, “The Bloody Story of How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers,” May 1, 2015

The Bloody Story of How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers
by Lily Rothman, Time, May 1, 2015

A few minutes after ten o’clock on the night of May 4, 1886, a storm began to blow up in Chicago. As the first drops of rain fell, a crowd in Haymarket Square, in the packing house district, began to break up. At eight o’clock there had been 3,000 persons on hand, listening to anarchists denounce the brutality of the police and demand the eight-hour day, but by ten there were only a few hundred.

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