Dynamite and Roses


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By Robert Benedetti
Charles H. Kerr Publishing

Workers’ militias, bombs, anarchists, unions, the struggle for the eight-hour day culminating in the Haymarket riot set in fire-raveged Chicago. This is the true story of Lucy and Albert Parsons, and the political storm that swirled around them and the men who were hung for practicing free speech too recklessly.

The tale begins with the arrival of Lucy and Albert in Chicago where relief money sent to support the poor and homeless was being spent by wealthy robber barons instead of getting to the people who needed it. Lucy and Albert were fleeing from the Klan in Waco, Texas. Lucy, a mixed race woman who defied the racists, and Albert, a newspaper editor and supporter of Reconstruction immediately took up the cause of the exploited workers in Chicago. They edited and published an anarchist newspaper, The Alarm, that advocated fighting back against the bosses even if they had to use dynamite for self-defense.

Benedetti’s narrative is both vigorous and engrossing. Presenting their story in fictional style, he uses documents, biographic materials, court records, and first person accounts to recreate dialog and action that is history, a history that is swiftly paced and alive with all the drama of frantic real life.

Robert Benedetti, a long-time friend of Studs Terkel, grew up in Chicago’s close-knit Italian South Side commuity and wrote passionately about it in his autobiographical novel, The Long Italian Goodby. He is the author of screen plays, novels and the creator of TV documentaries.

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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in


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