Learning Exercise

The Haymarket Trial

The events at Haymarket are a major event in the movement for Unionization. This site examines the positions for both sides in this deadly confrontation.
Course: U.S. History

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Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." READ "Trial Commentary" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Were Unions legal in the 19th century? Why or why not?, 2. Who were the Haymarket 8 and what was each one accused of?, 3. Describe the events at Haymarket, 4. What were the major issues coming out of this conflict?, 5. What were the positions taken against the Haymarket 8 at the trial?, 6. What were the positions taken for the Haymarket 8 at the trial?, 7. What ws the verdict?, 8. Why was the verdict appealed and what was the appeals verdict?, 9. What were the verdicts for each of the Haymarket 8?, 10. Was the trial fair?, 11. Who were given pardons and why?, 12. Could the Haymarket Affair been avoided? Explain.


Haymarket; Chicago; Unions.

Learning Objectives

To examine the positions of a company owner and union supporters in a major labor conflct in the 19th century.