Workers Unite Film Festival 2021

Haymarket: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle and Short

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FEATURE + SHORT: This screening contains the 83 min feature film Haymarket, and the 30 min short 1877. The May Day discussion with Haymarket director Adrian Prawica and labor historians Joe McCartin and Stephen Brier is now available on the Labor Goes to the Movies Podcast.

A nationwide rebellion brought the United States to a standstill in the summer of 1877. Eighty thousand railroad workers walked out, joined by hundreds of thousands of Americans outraged by the excesses of the railroad companies and the misery of a four-year economic depression. Police, state militia, and federal troops clashed with strikers and sympathizers, leaving more than one hundred dead and thousands injured. The Great Uprising inaugurated a new era of conflict over the meaning of America in the industrial age.


'1877' is the seventh program in 'Who Built America?', a 7-part video series on the history of America's working people produced by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York.

  • Year
    1987
  • Runtime
    30 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    Narrated by James Earl Jones
  • Director
    Stephen Brier