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From the trial to until the executions, Haymarket attracted broad attention in Europe, partly because of the connection German workers felt to the defendants, but alsobecause of the greater class consciousness and socialist ferment abroad.
Haymarket became a topic of particular interest in England, with its articulate and outspoken socialist community, including the author, artist, and artisan William Morris, playwright George Bernard Shaw, and some leading anarchists exiled from their native countries on the Continent. Among them were such militants as Louise Michel of France (Lucy Parsons was called "the Louise Michel of America"), Errico Malatesta of Italy, and Peter Kropotkin, the Russian nobleman and scientist whom many regard as the leading theorist of anarchism. Eleanor Aveling, listed in the last poster, was the daughter of Karl Marx. She and her husband William visited the jailed anarchists during the Avelings' tour of the United States in 1886.
These posters advertise several public meetings held in the years following Haymarket to protest the injustice suffered by the accused, to advance the cause of anarchy, and to decry similar outrages closer to home. The "Bloody Sunday" mentioned in the last poster refers to a Haymarket-like event in which police and troops broke up a banned demonstration in London's Trafalgar Square on Sunday, November 13, 1887. Both Morris and Shaw participated in "Bloody Sunday."
As this poster indicates, one part of the proceedings included the singing of revolutionary songs. One of them listed by name is the Scottish ballad "Annie Laurie," which Albert Parsons sang from his cell in the Cook County Jail the night before he was hanged (see the "Bonnie Annie Laurie" entry in the "Powerful Silence" section of Act IV).