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Scabs have a long and colorful history in our country. One of the most infamous incidents is called the Haymarket Riot. After a prolonged and bitter strike where the scabs were given the working conditions that the union had demanded, some union members had attacked scabs and the police ended up killing two men and wounding many others. On May 4th, 1886, what was supposed to be a peaceful gathering ended up killing seven police officers, four men, and countless wounded. May Day is now used as a commemoration of this.
|Image taken from PBS's History of US:
Read a first person account of the Haymarket Riot from an eyewitness
Read a first person account of the Haymarket Riot from a police officer, titled "Anarchists were flying everywhere"
For more information on the history of unions, striking, and scabs, Lane Library has tons of books, here are just a few: