Chicago: Chicago Legal News Co., 1886. Original printed wrappers [some wear], stitched. 36pp, printed on glossy paper. Good+.
Bonney delivered his Discourse at Chicago's New Jerusalem Church on May 16, 1886. The Chicago Sabbath Association published it. The Prefatory Note explains, "It was immediately prompted by what is known as the Haymarket Massacre of May 4, 1886." Bonney was a prominent Chicago lawyer, a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Vice President of the American Bar Association, and a member of the New Jerusalem Church.
Bonney observes that America has welcomed "tens of thousands of foreign-born people... ignorant of our language and the peculiarities of our civilization; as uninformed of the nature and purposes of our government... as the kindred they left behind them on their native soil." Instead of educating them in the duties of citizenship, "we have left the new comers to the politicians, who want their votes, and the anarchist leaders who want to live upon their toil, rule them with rods of iron, and finally lead them to destruction."
Although he denounces the recklessness of capitalists' unrestrained wealth and power, Bonney's major concern is the "new labor movement," which has created "a despotism more arbitrary, absolute and relentless than any hitherto known in this country." The "peremptory orders" given to the industrial laborer place him in a status worse than even the "Southern slave."
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