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My Great-Uncle Was Shot at the Memorial Day Massacre. Why Was This Working Class History Silenced?

Carol Quirke

You might think that, having been raised a mile from where10workers were killed and30more were shot by police while picketing a steel plant, I would have heard of such a tragedy. More confounding, my great-uncle, Eddie Marasovic, was wounded by a police bullet in that violent affair that would become known as a massacre. Yet I knew nothing of it.It happened in May,1937, before I was born, on the prairie outside the Republic Steel plant on Chicago’s East Side.