Coal Collections Series Features Talk About Molly Maguires in Coal Region
November 17, 2016
Posted on November 07, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz
The Coal Collections series will feature a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 17, at noon in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Professor Adrian Mulligan, geography, Professor John Rickard, English, and locals from the coal region will explore the history of the Molly Maguires from both an analytical and family history perspective.
The Molly Maguires was a 19th-century Irish secret society that was active in Ireland and parts of the anthracite coal region in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Locally, it was made up of Irish-American coal miners that battled mine owners' exploitation of their workers. The local lore around its activities, agitations and executions of alleged members in the 1860s provides a rich context in which to examine the history of resistance and labor organizations.
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