American Experience
American Experience

August Spies | Albert Parsons | George Engel | Adolph Fischer | Louis Lingg
Michael Schwab | Oscar Neebe | Samuel Fielden

George Engel was born in Germany and relocated to Chicago in 1874. An unwavering critic of authority and capitalism, Engel lost faith in the political process and joined the International Working People's Association. "Can anyone feel any respect for a government that accords rights only to the privileged classes, and none to the workers?" he once wrote.

Engel was at home playing cards at the time of the explosion. He was convicted and hanged in 1887.

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