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Timothy Messer-Kruse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037054

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037054.001.0001

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From Eight Hours to Revolution

From Eight Hours to Revolution

(p.158) Chapter Six From Eight Hours to Revolution
The Haymarket Conspiracy

Timothy Messer-Kruse

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces further developments leading to the Haymarket affair, citing the eight-hour-workday movement in particular as the necessary spark of revolutionary fervor. Had the anarchists not married their ideas of the propaganda by deed to the eight-hour workday, they may well have gone on happily marching in their halls, airing incendiary speeches at the lakefront, and brandishing their homemade bombs for the benefit of reporters and newcomers to the movement without incident. Though anarchists embraced the eight-hour-workday movement because they saw in it a vehicle for their more sweeping aims, in doing so they committed themselves to a specific point of action—that fateful May Day weekend—and thereby forced the issue of their theories of action and revolution.

Keywords:   Haymarket bombing, eight-hour-workday movement, propaganda by deed, revolutionary anarchist movement, ideological movements

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