ANTI-WAR RIOT BREAKS OUT IN CHICAGO
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 27, 1917, an overflow crowd of a peace terms meeting held at the Auditorium here in the Windy City rioted. The Chicago Daily Tribune estimated the "anarchistic mob" numbered about 2000.
A riot call was immediately sent out to Chicago Police and Secret Service. The Tribune stated that "police came from every direction."
The Tribune wrote that the police and secret service...
"scattered the participants, broke some heads, arrested and took ringleaders before the government investigation bureau."
This was Chicago's first war riot. It lasted about an hour & was started in Grant Park across from the Auditorium Hotel.
A speaker's words started the trouble. They were...
"Why should American workmen fight the workmen of Germany for any ___ _____ in the White House."
"'Police Club Anti=War Rioters, 2000 Routed After Melee in Grant Park", The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 28, 1917.