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Leslie Orear, President of the Illinois Labor History Society, has been a leader of ILHS since its founding in 1969. While the ILHS is responsible for the Waldheim monument and has organized many Haymarket activities, it is more broadly interested in labor history and the continuing relevance of that history today. Orear, who joined the United Packinghouse Workers of America-C.I.O. in the 1930s and became a labor organizer and editor, was interviewed on November 19, 1999.

In the first segment, Orear discusses the immediate consequences of Haymarket and its significance in American labor history. In the second segment, he speaks about the transfer of the monument to ILHS in 1971 by Irving Abrams of the Pioneer Aid and Support Association.