pride and distain 1880-1920

Things to be proud of, things to be ashamed of

Shameful - Hay-market riot

The event started out as a peaceful rally for an eight hour work day. But it then turned into a fiasco after police killed some of the participants and in response to this someone threw dynamite at the officers. The blast of the bomb combined with the ensuing gunfire resulted in the death of about seven officers and four civilians, many others were wounded.


This event should not have happened. For some reason peaceful rallies were often met with killing many times in the past. I think that this should have never been an issue. it appalls me that people had to fight so hard for simple things like an eight hour work day.