Though there are memorials and plaques, and the eight-hour workday became federal law in 1938, the Haymarket Affair seems destined to continue to slip from public consciousness as the labor movement continues to diminish in the United States. Death in the Haymarket author James Green said as much in an interview with NPR in 2006, summing up the prevailing sentiment as:

The labor movement…had its place in the 19th and early 20th century when workers were exploited and abused in the furnaces of industrial capitalism but has no place in the high-tech, white collar world of the new economy.


Later in that interview, Green notes the irony of white-collar workers (at the time, and still today) railing against workers' rights when they themselves often work more than eight hours a day without receiving overtime pay—though that, too, after years of fighting, will change.

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