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Reading List for Working-Class Rebels

“The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.”
—August Spies

August Spies was hanged in 1886 for helping lead the fight for the eight-hour day in Chicago.  Haymarket Books takes inspiration from those, like Spies, who courageously fight for a better world, no matter the consequences. We honor the countless working-class rebels throughout US history and seek to keep alive these radical traditions for a new generation of dissenters today.

In that spirit we offer a reading list for working-class rebels that includes books about our collective history of struggle and the current state of workers’ resistance.