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This stunning novel is more than a moving story of love and human struggle, more than a faithful account of a watershed event in United States history. It is a layered and dynamic revelation of late nineteenth-century Chicago, and of the lives of a handful of remarkable individuals who were willing to risk their lives for the promise of social change.

On the night of May 4, 1886, during a peaceful demonstration of labor activists in Haymarket Square in Chicago, a dynamite bomb was thrown into the ranks of police trying to disperse the crowd. The officers immediately opened fire, killing a number of protesters and wounding some two-hundred others. At a time of bitter class war and a groundswell of working-class radicalism, the Haymarket Riot produced a wave of hysteria across the nation, leading to the trial and hanging of the leaders of the anarchist/socialist movement.

Albert Parsons was the best-known of those hanged; Haymarket is his story. Parsons, humanist and autodidact, was an ex-Confederate soldier who grew up in Texas in the 1870s, and fell in love with Lucy Gonzalez, a vibrant, outspoken black woman who preferred to describe herself as of Spanish and Creole descent. The novel tells the story of their lives together, of their growing political involvement, of the formation of a colorful circle of "co-conspirators"—immigrants, radical intellectuals, journalists, advocates of the working class—and of the events culminating in bloodshed.


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“[A] deeply moving tale that works as both love story and political statement.”

Haymarket is a spirited fictional reconstruction of the police-instigated Haymarket riot in Chicago in 1886. . . . [W]e should be grateful to Duberman for spotlighting a neglected chapter in the struggle for workplace rights and human dignity.”

“This book brings to life a haunting episode in the ever moving history of American labor. I read it with pleasure and profit.”

Haymarket reveals Martin Duberman's unique combination fo talents as historian and writer of imaginative literature. Through the story of Albert and Lucy Parsons, he brings to life the social texture and gross inequalities of Reconstruction Texas and Gilded Age Chicago, and strikingly illuminates the radicalism that helped to shape modern America.”

“Easy to read and bursting with history.”


Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, CUNY. MARTIN DUBERMAN is the author of some two dozen books, including Paul Robeson; Cures; Black Mountain; the novel Haymarket (a Seven Stories book); Howard Zinn; Stonewall; and Hold Tight Gently. Duberman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Vernon Rice Drama Desk Award (for his play In White America), three Lambda Literary Awards, a Special Award from The National Academy of Arts and Letters for his "contributions to literature," the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Historical Association, and the Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in Non-Fiction. He has also been a Finalist for both the National Book Award (for James Russell Lowell) and the Pulitzer Prize (for The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein). In 2012 Amherst College awarded him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.