American Experience
American Experience

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

Born in New York and raised in Germany, Oscar Neebe came to Chicago in 1875. A declared communist, Neebe organized labor demonstrations and anarchist social events in the Chicago area.

An avid reader, Neebe once wrote, "We socialists are great believers that the laboring men should educate themselves." Neebe did not attend the Haymarket rally. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. In his autobiography, Neebe wrote of his suspicion that a brewing company whose workers he had organized paid officials to secure his conviction. Governor Altgeld pardoned and released Neebe in 1893, after he had served seven years of his sentence.

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