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The Trial of the Century: A Teachable Event

Presented by Byron J. Johnson
To the Idaho Council for History Education
October 6, 2006



Adamic, Louis. Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence in America. Peter Smith, 1963.

Aiken, Katherine G. Idaho's Bunker Hill: The Rise and Fall of a Great Mining Company, 1885-1981. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2005.

Foner, Philip S. History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 4: The Industrial Workers of the World, 1905-1917. International Publishers, 1965.

Grover, David H. Debaters and Dynamiters. Oregon State University Press, 1964; Caxton Press, 2006.

Darrow, Clarence. The Story of My Life. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.

Hart, Patricia and Nelson, Ivar. Mining Town: The Photographic Record of T.N. Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge from the Coeur d'Alenes. University of Washington Press, 1984.

Holbrook, Stewart H. The Rocky Mountain Revolution. Henry Holt and Company, 1956.

Johnson, Claudius. Borah of Idaho. Longmans, Green and Co., 1936.

Lukas, J. Anthony. Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America. Simon & Shuster, 1997.

MacLane, John F. A Sagebrush Lawyer. Pandick Press, 1953.

McKenna, Martin C. Borah. University of Michigan Press, 1961.

Ravitz, Abe C. and Primm, James. The Haywood Case. Chandler Publishing Company, 1960.

Stone, Irving. Clarence Darrow for the Defense. Doubleday & Co., 1941.

Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States, 1492—Present. Perennial Classics, 2005.


Conlin, Joseph R. "The Haywood Case: An Enduring Riddle." Pacific Northwest Quarterly (January 1968): 23-32.

Johnson, Byron J. "No Habeas Corpus for 'Big Bill.'" The Advocate (December 2006), Idaho State Bar: 14-16.

Legal materials

Black's Law Dictionary. "Habeas corpus."

Hyatt v. New York, 188 U.S. 691, 23 S.Ct. 456 (1903).

Idaho Session Laws (1943).

Idaho Revised Laws (1887).

State v. Kelley, 39 Idaho 668 (1924).

U.S. Constitution, Art. 4, cl. 2, §2.


"Famous American Trials: Bill Haywood Trial – 1907."

"Fire in the Hole." (KUED).

"The Idanha: Witness to History – Big Bill Haywood Trial – Online Gallery." (Boise State Univ.)

Teachable Subjects

Topic 1. The struggle between capitalists and laborers in late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century America.

Aiken, 3-39.
Grover, 9-57.
Hart and Nelson, 49-70.
Lukas, 98-154.
Zinn, 211-295.

Topic 2. The growth of radicalism in the early Twentieth Century American labor movement.

Adamic, 157—75.
"Fire in the Hole," "'Big Bill' Haywood: A Firey Radical."
Foner, 13-39.
Grover, 283-6.
Holbrook, 181-5, 289-296.
Zinn, 320-357.

Topic 3. The role of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in breaking unions in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century America.

Adamic, 19, 105, 143-5.
"Famous American Trials," "The Trial of William D. Big Bill Haywood," 2.
Foner, 41-6.
Lukas, 155-200.
Ravitz and Primm, 66-118.

Topic 3. What is extradition, what requirements for its use are contained in the U.S. Constitution, and what implication did it have for bringing Haywood from Colorado to Idaho to stand trial?

Grover, 65-8.
Hyatt v. New York, 23 S.Ct. at 458-9.
Lukas, 244-5.
U.S. Constitution, Art. 4, cl. 2, §2.

Topic 4. What is habeas corpus and how has its availability been restricted by the court in cases where an individual is brought into a jurisdiction by illegal means to stand trial?

Johnson, Byron J.

Topic 5. The significance of James Hawley in Idaho history.

Grover, 169-187.
Lukas, 288-90.
McLane, 83-92, 102-38, 153-65, 169, 174-7.
"The Idanha: Witness to History," "The Prosecution."

Topic 6. The significance of William Borah in Idaho and American history.

Grover, 231-5.
Johnson, Claudius, 73-500.
McKenna, 34-434.
"The Idanha: Witness to History," "The Prosecution."

Topic 7. The significance of Darrow in American history.

Grover, 207-9.
Lukas, 300-45.
"The Idanha: Witnesss to History," "The Defense."

Topic 8. Why were there no women on the jury?

Idaho Session Laws (1943), ch. 158, 320.
Revised Laws (1887), §§3935, 3938, 3941.
State v. Kelley, 39 Idaho 668 (1924).

Topic 9. What is corroboration and why is it required in certain cases?

Ravitz and Primm, 192-4.

Topic 10. Was justice done by the acquittal of Haywood?

Foner, 59.
Grover, 283-97.
Lukas, 750-4.
Ravitz and Primm, 200-19.