This week in 1887

October 28th, 2012 by admin

In German:
“Hurrah for anarchy!”

— George Engel, convicted of murder, hanging, Illinois.
Executed November 11, 1887

Engel was one of the four men executed after being convicted of being involved in the bombing that started the Haymarket affair. Engel, a German immigrant, had traveled to the United States because of poor economic conditions in his country. Orphaned at a young age, he was forced to work for most of his life. He was testified against by other anarchists, who claimed he had come up with a plan to bomb police stations and other targets in the event of police aggression.

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