American Experience
American Experience

National Strike of May 1, 1886 | McCormick Strike
Haymarket Trial | Haymarket Funeral

Labor organizers called a national strike for an eight-hour work day on May 1, 1886. In Chicago, workers held a parade and rally with over 80,000 participants. The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions initiated the call for a national strike and the Central Labor Union organized the event in Chicago. The Knights of Labor and the International Working People's Association supported the Central Labor Union in planning Chicago's parade and rally.


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