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Local newspapers were important sources of national news in the 19th century. This article on the sentencing of anarchists for the "Haymarket Riot" appeared in the Turners Falls Reporter. Turners Falls was a small industrial village within Montague, Massachusetts, a town on the Connecticut River opposite Deerfield. The labor violence that caused the trial occurred during a strike and rally in Chicago for the eight hour day (May 4, 1886). During the demonstration a bomb was thrown at police and a gun battle ensued. Eight anarchists were convicted for murder in a widely publicized trial. Four men were eventually executed. The socialist holiday "May Day" originated with this event.


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"Sentenced to Death" article from Turners Falls Reporter newspaper on Haymarket rioters' fate

publisher   Turners Falls Reporter
date   Oct 20, 1886
location   Turners Falls, Massachusetts
width   3.0"
height   9.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L07.023

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