The Sons of Molly Maguire
The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War
Sensational tales of true-life crime, the devastation of the Irish potato famine, the upheaval of the Civil War, and the turbulent emergence of the American labor movement come together in a captivating exploration of the roots of the Molly Maguires. A secret society of peasant rebels in famine-era Ireland that re-emerged in Pennsylvania’s hard-coal region, the Mollies organized strikes, murdered mine bosses, and fought the Civil War draft. Their shadowy twelve-year duel with the all-powerful coal companies marked the beginning of class warfare in America.
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