The University of Toledo College of Law presents:
School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Bowling
Green State University
Rethinking the Trial of the Haymarket
On May 4,
1886, a labor rally in Chicago turned deadly when a bomb was thrown at police
officers. The subsequent trial of eight Chicago anarchists for the death of
patrolman Mathias Degan was one of the most followed and controversial trials
of the Gilded Age. For more than a century afterwards historians have
characterized the Haymarket Trial as amounting to little more than a show
trial, with a biased judge, illegally obtained evidence, perjured testimony,
and a hand-picked jury.
has written two recent books – The
Haymarket Trial: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age and The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist
debunking many of the longstanding myths surrounding this famous event. The
former title was named the "Best Labor History Book of 2012" by the
journal Labor History and awarded its
annual book prize.
lecture, Messer-Kruse will reexamine the procedures, contemporary standards,
and evidence of the landmark Haymarket Trial. He will also discuss his unlikely
battle to edit the Wikipedia page on the subject, a story he has shared with
media outlets such as NPR and The
Chronicle of Higher Education.
Pizza will be provided. Free and open to the public.