Lucy Parson's Book
Amid the stacks at the Wesleyan University Library, a student has found a book emblazoned with the name and address of the legendary anarchist Lucy Parsons.
The biracial black and Native American activist fought in the late 1800s for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an increasingly oppressive industrial economic system.
Did this once-feared radical own the manifesto? If so, it would pose a mystery: after Parsons died, police supposedly raided her house and confiscated all of her subversive literature. So how did this book elude them?
History Detectives explores a major labor movement uprising and Parsons’ abiding acts of defiance.
- Also in Season 5 Short Snorter Was this British ten-shilling note witness to the forging of the alliance between America and Britain?
- Also in Industrialization: 1870-1900 Modoc Basket What tales does this basket weave of the heroism of an American-Indian woman?
- Related Investigation McKinley Casket Flag Did this flag once drape the casket of President William McKinley?
- Also with Elyse Luray Coca Cola Trade Card Could this card be a unique piece of early Coca-Cola advertising?
- Also in Industrialization: 1870-1900 Doc Holliday's Watch Was this watch a gift from the fearless frontier lawman Wyatt Earp to the gambler Doc Holliday?
- Also with Elyse Luray Ronald McDonald Costume Is this the costume that helped serve up a billion Happy Meals?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.