Memorial Day Massacre, 1937

   During the steel strike of 1937 organized by the Steel Workers’ Organizing Committee, some 300 pickets outside Republic Steel Corporation in South Chicago, Indiana, were fired on by police and company guards. A total of 10 strikers were killed and more than 100 were injured, and 22 policemen were also hurt. Many of those killed were shot in the back as they attempted to flee the violence. The incident did much to win public sympathy for the strikers and further added to the discreditability of businessmen.

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