History Detectives surprised me tonight with an excellent investigative story on a recently discovered book of Haymarket martyr August Spies’ speeches bearing the personal stamp of fellow anarchist Lucy Parsons. Their quest to find out if the book once was part of Lucy’s library had them interviewing Chicago anarchist and labor scholars, visiting the Haymarket Memorial and discussing the important but forgotten contributions of Lucy Parsons and her contemporaries.
Unlike many other media sources, they treated the ideas of anarchism with thoughtfulness and respect. Quite refreshing! (By the way, the producers might not have realized they’ve had anarchists on their show previously… hehe…)