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Working class struggle

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Who’s to say what happened at the Haymarket Rally?

The Gilded Ages’ most reprehensible tycoon, Jay Gould, once said, “I can hire one-half the working class to kill the other half.”

The struggle the working class always has faced has been a split amongst themselves and an absolute lockstep opposition from the job creators. What does a fair trial for the 1880s mean? Was the evidence found in the home of an alleged perpetrator planted? Did agents provocateur detonate the explosives knowing all hell would break loose and the blame would be placed on the workers rallying for the eight-hour workday?

We don’t know for sure whether those hung for the resulting deaths at the rally were framed or so fed up with the likes of Jay Gould and his apologists that they did, in fact, push the detonator.

We do know that it took more than 40 years before the Fair Labor Standard Act established the eight-hour day and 40-hour workweek.

Nicholas C. Kockler


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