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The Haymarket Riot Trial
(State of Illinois v. Albert Spies, et al.)

 
1886

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Sketch by Thure de Thulstrup (Harper's Weekly 5/15/1886)
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by Douglas Linder (2006)

Poster announcing the
fateful meeting


"If these men are to be tried...for advocating doctrines opposed to our ideas of propriety, there is no use for me to argue the case.  Let the  Sheriff go and erect a scaffold; let him bring eight ropes with dangling nooses at the ends; let him pass them around the necks of these eight men; and let us stop this farce now."
--Defense Attorney William Foster (closing argument)

"You stand between the living and the dead.  You stand between law and violated law.  Do your duty courageously, even if the duty is an unpleasant and severe one."
--Prosecutor Julius Grinnell (closing argument)
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