The Great Upheaval:. Labor Relations During the GAPE. 4 Major Upheavals . The Haymarket bombing (May 1886) The Homestead Steel Strike (1892) The Pullman Strike (1894) The Colorado Miners and Smelters Strikes (1903-1904). Why are they important?. Why were workers striking?
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Labor Relations During the GAPE
There is no evidence that I or any of us killed or had anything to do with the killing of, policemen at the Haymarket. None at all. But it was proven clearly that we were, all of us, anarchists, socialists, communists, Knights of Labor, unionists. It was proven that three of us were editors of labor papers; that five of us were labor organizers and speakers at workingmen’s mass meetings. They, the class court, jury, law and verdict, have decided that we must be put to death because, as they say, we were “leaders” of men who denounce and battle against the oppression, slaveries, robbery and influences of the monopolies. Of these crimes against the capitalist class they found us guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. Albert Parsons, from an old American family in Alabama
Another of the convicted men concluded that “he who speaks for the workingman must hang.”
The verdict was initially exceedingly popular with most Americans
But as tensions cooled somewhat, people started to come out against the ruling
Colorado, it is of thee,
Dark land of tyranny,
Of thee I sing:
Land wherein labor’s bled,
Land from which law has fled,
Bow down thy mournful head,
Capital is king.