Radical Chicago

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Radical Chicago


Political Activism and Civil Rights in Chicago


As a large American city, Chicago's political identity rests at the intersection of industry, race, gender, class, immigration, and other concerns brought by its diverse population over time. Due to its central location in the Midwest and range of residents, Chicago has a long history of political activism. This collection features images of artifacts documenting Chicago's historical relationship to political activism between 1886-1970.


Caroline McCraw


Still images




Chicago -- 1886-1970

Collection Items

Haymarket Affair
Violent confrontation between Chicago police, anarchists, laborers, and labor activists on May 4, 1886 at which 19 people died and over 60 were wounded. Began with a rally from 7:30PM-about 10:30PM. At that point, numerous police officers arrived and…

Fred Hampton
Photograph of Fred Hampton

"The People's Forum: Black Metropolis-- A Challenge to Chicago"
After the 1945 publication of Horace Cayton and St. Clair Drake's sociological classic, Black Metropolis, Parkway Community House launched a series of public forums to discuss issues raised in the book and shape debate about the future for Black…

Anti-Vietnam War button
White button with text reading "ON TO CHICAGO" and red arrow pointing upward. Made and distributed by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention of 1968 to advocate for…

Abbie Hoffman
Political activist
Hoffman, who received psychology degrees from both Brandeis University (1959) and the University of California, Berkeley (1960), was active in the American civil rights movement before turning his energies to protesting the…

1970 Gay Pride Week Midwest Conference Schedule
Typewritten schedule for Chicago's first Gay Pride Week running June 19-28, 1970, sponsored by Chicago Gay Liberation. Activities on schedule include dances, workshops, study groups, dinners, musical performances, camping, and rallies.
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