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Zoom History Reads Book Club- Death in the Haymarket

Tuesday, May 4
Starts at 7:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Zoom History Reads Book Club- Death in the Haymarket

All avid readers are welcome to join the Museum and Bloomington Public Library on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the second installment of the History Reads Book Club for 2021. We will meet online via Zoom to discuss Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America by James Green. Visit bit.ly/historyreads050421 to register for this free, online discussion.

On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. A wave of mass hysteria swept the country, leading to a sensational trial, that culminated in four controversial executions, and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian James Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life an epic twenty-year struggle for the eight-hour workday. Blending a gripping narrative, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a
moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America.

To request a copy of the book, please contact the Reference Desk at Bloomington Public library at 309-828-6093 or email reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org.