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Samuel Fielden: Forlorn Chartist at Haymarket

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This chapter argues that themes from Chartist and other revolutionary influences to which Samuel Fielden was exposed in his youth in England are highly visible in his later words and actions in the United States, where he would be sentenced to death (and then pardoned) for his putative role in the Haymarket Tragedy. Although there is a myriad of data concerning the Haymarket Tragedy, Chartism, Feargus O'Connor, and John Fielden, a budding issue with Samuel Fielden, who did not write political books or articles, is the limited number of sources specifically about or by him. From Samuel Fielden's perspective, violence is the inevitable outcome - i.e., a consequence of conditions that happen to have developed, not of necessity or due to inevitable laws of history - of the social misery endured by the laboring classes.

Keywords: England; Forlorn Chartist; Haymarket tragedy; John Fielden; Samuel Fielden; United States



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