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Death in the Haymarket

“No potboiler on the best-seller list. Great narrative GRIP. Rich in character, profound in resonance, shot-through with violence, set in the immigrant neighborhoods, meeting halls, and saloons of the capitol of the American 19th century, here is a Chicago of life part labor-history, part immigrant history, part courtroom drama. James Greens subject is the stuff of tragic drama injustice and betrayal.

– Jack Beatty, Senior Editor, The Atlantic Monthly

With Howard Zinn at the book launch in Bostons Old South Meeting House, March 2006.

With Howard Zinn at the book launch in Bostons Old South Meeting House, March 2006.
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Taking History to Heart book coverTaking History to Heart

Deftly blending autobiography and history, James Green here reflects on thirty years as an activist, educator, and historian. He recounts how he became deeply immersed in political protest and in recovering and preserving the history of progressive social movements, and how the two are linked. His book, written in an engaging and accessible style, tells powerful stories of people in struggle, framed by the personal account of his own development. As a historian, Green gives voice to generations of Americans who banded together to fight for social justice. His subjects range from the martyrs of the Haymarket tragedy to the Bread and Roses strikers of 1912, from depression-era struggles for democracy to the civil rights crusaders, to the latest union organizing drives. As an activist, Green describes how his participation in the civil rights and labor movements of our own time has transformed his life, first as a student and radical scholar in the 1960s, then as a public historian and teacher of working-class students. He also describes his efforts to break free from academic confinement and tell movement stories in public, in an attempt to offer hope and counsel to those still fighting for equality and fairness. He concludes with a revealing look at how awareness of past social activism has contributed to the revival of the labor movement during the last ten years, an effort in which Green has been vigorously engaged.

A major book by a labor historian who has done more than anyone to produce democratic and usable working class history over the last thirty years. Consistently engaged by workers as his students, audience, and fellow activists, Greens history is rigorous and accessible.

– David Roediger


This book makes a powerful contribution not only to the world of scholarship but also, in the spirit of its theme, to the larger community outside academe.

– Howard Zinn, author of A Peoples History of the United States


Green is one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable of our labor historians, and a fine writer. This book addresses an urgent and complex issue: the relationship of historians to the public. Green poses a profound challenge to the way most historians work today.

– Jon Wiener