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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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The Attempted Assassination of Henry Clay Frick (memoir; 1912)

The Attempted Assassination of Henry Clay Frick (memoir; 1912)

(p.95) 11 The Attempted Assassination of Henry Clay Frick (memoir; 1912)
Jewish Radicals

Alexander Berkman

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This chapter is a prison memoir detailing the attempted assassination of Henry Clay Frick, chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, to avenge the deaths of seven steel workers killed by Frick's detectives during the great Homestead Strike. The culprit, Alexander Berkman, was a prominent member of the growing anarchist movement, and in 1892 had attempted the assassination and ended up serving fourteen years in prison for his deed. The chapter describes the climax of the assassination attempt—the methods used and the characters involved—and includes the quick split-second decisions Berkman had made that would eventually lead to his failure and arrest.

Keywords:   Alexander Berkman, Henry Clay Frick, Carnegie Steel Company, steel workers, Homestead Strike, assassination, prison memoir

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