Albert Parsons


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Parsons, Albert

 

Born June 24, 1848, in Montgomery, Ala.; died Nov. 11, 1887, in Chicago, Ill. American labor leader.

A worker in the printing trades, Parsons joined the Socialist Workers Party of America in 1876 and was soon playing an important role in the party. He was strongly influenced by anarcho-syndicalism. From 1884 to 1886, Parsons published the newspaper Alarm. He was active in the struggle for the eight-hour workday. On May 1, 1886, he helped organize a rally and demonstration in Chicago. Together with other workers, Parsons was arrested on trumped-up charges connected with the killing of several policemen and was subsequently executed.

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Shyness barred him from the evening gatherings, and what was going on in that house, with young bloods like Ted Pringle, Albert Parsons, Arthur Brown, and Joe Blossom (to name four of the most assiduous) exercising their fascinations at close range, he did not like to think.
I promised to marry Ted Pringle, and I promised to marry Joe Blossom, and I promised to marry Albert Parsons.
And presently, behold, in another field, whistling meditatively and regardless of impending ill, Albert Parsons.
She desired overwhelmingly that he should win, that he should not be hurt, that he should sweep triumphantly over Albert Parsons as he had swept over Ted Pringle.
Unfortunately, it was evident, even to her, that he was being hurt, and that he was very far from sweeping triumphantly over Albert Parsons.
Now, in the days when Albert Parsons had fought whole families of Toms in an evening, he had fought in rounds, with the boss holding the watch, and half-minute rests, and water to refresh him, and all orderly and proper.
Some of the historical figures on whom Shone focuses are well-known while others, such as Lucy Parsons, partner to martyred Haymarket anarchist Albert Parsons, are not as prominent in anarchist history.
Shone quotes directly from her husband Albert's writings almost as often as from Lucy's and, in one case, uses an Albert Parsons quote to summarize Lucy Parsons' criticism of institutions.
Gary Davey replaces Albert Parsons as executive director of Bulgaria's first private TV channel bTV.
Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons ran unsuccessfully for alderman, state assemblymen, sheriff, and country clerk, and in 1879 the Socialist Labor Party even nominated him for President.