Crime: The Herrin Horror Retold

The second Herrin trial is on. The witnesses for the prosecution and the defense have assembled, the jury is chosen and the judge has made his opening statement. Again the lines of battle in the class war are sharply drawn; the zero hour is about to strike, and once more the nation will listen to the citizens of Herrin—farmers, strikebreakers, tradesmen, victims of the mob, union miners—as they reconstruct the massacre in which 22 strikebreakers and mine guards lost their lives.

It is mid-June in the mining town of Herrin, Illinois. There is...

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