The Assassination of President McKinley
In Cleveland, Ohio, on May 6, Emma Goldman, "The Anarchist," gave a speech. She outlined the principles and methods of anarchy in this beautiful speech, where she said, "We ... desire complete individual liberty, and this can never be obtained as long as there is an existing government." Toward the end of her speech, Goldman said that most Anarchists were not violent; she added that she believed in their motives, since some people are unable to act without force. All the while, police were ready to arrest her if she said anything too radical. The entire time, Leon Czolgosz was the most supportive of anyone in the audience (Berkeley 1).
US Artillery soldiers beat Leon after this. McKinley, in the middle of this panic, is reported to have said, "Go easy on him, boys" (Assassination of... 2).
When news of the attack spread, the thousands in attendance began a riot; some shoved their way into the temple, trying to see if the rumor was true, while others demanded that Leon be hanged. At the police headquarters, Leon confessed to the murder: "I am a disciple of Emma Goldman. I killed the President because I have done my duty. I did not feel that one man should have all this power while others have none." The police led him to his cell, where he would await trial. Meanwhile, McKinley was on his deathbed, getting worse each day from the wounds to his stomach.
Outside Buffalo's First Precinct Police Station where Leon was housed the 65th Regiment stood on alert, dispersing some of the hundreds of furious protesters (President McKinley Shot...1). On September 27, 1901, Leon was moved to an Auburn prison. There, he was violently dragged and shoved through a crowd of 300 people who constantly mauled him. Handcuffed, Leon struggled to walk, and after repeated beatings from the crowd, he had to be dragged up the stairs by prison guards. The guards threw him on the floor of the prison office, and Leon realized that, outside the prison, people were chanting, "GIVE HIM TO US! GIVE HIM TO US!" (The Trial and Execution...1).
On September 23, 1901, at 10:00 AM, Leon was tried (2). Before he was tried, he...