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The Trial of the Haymarket Eight

Lecture no. 6 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Trial of the Haymarket Eight

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Labor tensions were already at the boiling point in Chicago, when someone threw a bomb into a group of police officers. Although the bomb thrower was never found, eight defendants were tried by a jury handpicked by the bailiff, and seven were found guilty and sentenced to death—for the crime, it was claimed, of inciting violence. Explore the ways in which this trial became a key event in the history of free speech in America.

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