The 1937 Chicago Steel Strike (eBook)

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A violent period of American labor history reached itsbloody apex in 1937 when rattled Chicago police shot, clubbed and gassed agroup of men, women and children attempting to picket Republic Steel’s SouthChicago plant. Ten died and over one hundred were wounded in what became knownas the Memorial Day Massacre. A newsreel camera captured about eight minutes ofthe confrontation, yet local and congressional investigations amazingly reachedopposite conclusions about what happened and why. In the first book on thesubject, John Hogan sifts through the conflicting reports of all thoseentangled in that fateful day, including union leaders, news reporters and anundercover National Guard observer revealed after seventy-six years.

A violent period of American labor history reached itsbloody apex in 1937 when rattled Chicago police shot, clubbed and gassed agroup of men, women and children attempting to picket Republic Steel’s SouthChicago plant. Ten died and over one hundred were wounded in what became knownas the Memorial Day Massacre. A newsreel camera captured about eight minutes ofthe confrontation, yet local and congressional investigations amazingly reachedopposite conclusions about what happened and why. In the first book on thesubject, John Hogan sifts through the conflicting reports of all thoseentangled in that fateful day, including union leaders, news reporters and anundercover National Guard observer revealed after seventy-six years.


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