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 with Elyse Luray Grace Kelly Car Is this the car driven by an actress turned princess, which would give it a place in cinematic history?
- Also in Season 5 Hitler Films Could these rusting film canisters contain unknown footage of one of the 20th century's most heinous murderers?
- Also with Elyse Luray GAR Photograph How did two African Americans come to be part of this photograph in Reconstructionist-era America?
- Also with Elyse Luray Bob Dylan Guitar Is this the guitar Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965?
- Related Investigation Cannon House Could this family home once have been the headquarters of the kidnapper and slave trader Patty Cannon?
- Related Investigation Quaker Map Did this faded map once guide slaves to freedom on the underground railroad?
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.