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The Chicago martyrs - Image 74. 1899. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1725/show/1631.

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(1899). The Chicago martyrs - Image 74. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1725/show/1631

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Title The Chicago martyrs
Alternative Title The Chicago martyrs: the famous speeches of the eight anarchists in Judge Gary's court, October 7, 8, 9, 1886, and Reasons for pardoning Fielden, Neebe, and Schwab
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Altgeld, John Peter, 1847-1902
  • Spies, August Vincent Theodore, 1855-1887
Publisher Free Society Publishing Co.
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • San Francisco, California
Date 1899
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Ill., 1886
  • Anarchists
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Fielden, Samuel, 1847-
  • Neebe, Oscar W., 1850-
  • Schwab, Michael, 1853-
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 159 pages; [2] leaves of plates; 1 illustration; 1 portrait; 23 cm.
Original Item Location HX846.C4C43 1899
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8319999~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 66 ADDRESS OF ALBERT R. PARSONS. Now, I have not been able to gather together and put in a consecutive shape these thoughts which I wish to present here for your consideration. They have been put together hurriedly in the last few days", since we began to come in here, first, because I did not know what you would do, nor what the position^, your honor would be in the case, and secondly, because I did not know upon what ground the conclusion of the prosecution would be made denying oajthe right of a rehearing; and, therefore, if the method of the presentation ofjthis matter be somewhat disconnected and disjointed, it may be ascribed to that fact, over which I have had no control. I maintain that our execution, as the matter stands jast now, would be a judicial murder, rank and foul, and judicial murder is far more infamous than lynch law—far worse. Bear in mind, please, this trial was conducted by a mob,"prosecuted by a mob, by the shrieks and howls of a mob, an organized, powerful: mob. But that trial is now over. You sit here judicially, calmly' quietly, and it is now for yc^u to look at this thing from the standpoint of reason and;' common sense. There is one peculiarity about the case that I want to call yourjattention to. It was the manner and the method of its prosecution! On the one side, the attorneys for the prosecution conducted this case from the standpoint of capitalists as against the laborers. On the other side the attorneys for the defense conducted this case as a defense against murder^ not for laborers and not against capitalists. The prosecution in this case throughout has been a capitalistic prosecution, inspired by the instinct of capitalism and I mean by that, by class feelings, by a dictatorial right to rule, and a denial to common people the right to eay anything or have anything to say to these men, by that] class of persons who think that working people have but one right and.one duty to perform, viz., obedience. They conducted this trial from that^standpoinfc throughout, and, as was very truthfully stated by my comrade Fielden, we were prosecuted ostensibly for murder, until, near the end of the trial, when all at once the jury is commanded, yea, commanded to render a verdict against us as Anarchists. Your honor, you are aware of this • you ;know this to be the truth; you sat and heard it all. I will not make a statement but what will be in accord with the facts, and what 1 do say is said for the purpose of refreshing your memory and asking you to look at both sides of this matter and view it from the standpoint of reason and common sense. Now, the money makers, the business men, those people who deal in stocks and bonds, the speculators and employers, all that claBS of men known as the money making class, have no conception of this labor question • they don't understand what it means. To use the street parlance, with many of them it is a difficult matter to " catch onto" it, and they are perverse also- they will not have knowledge of it. They don't want to know anything about it, and they won't hear anything about it, and they propose to club, lock up and, if necessary, strangle those who insist on their hearing this question Can it any longer be denied that there is such a thing as the labor question? I am an Anarchist. Now strike ! But hear me before you strike What is Socialism, or Anarchism? Briefly stated, it is the right of the toiler to the free and equal use of the tools of production, and the right of the producers to their product. That is Socialism. The history of mankind is one of growth I