The Molly Maguire Strike - 1873

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The Molly Maguire Strike - 1873

  • The Molly Maguires were a group of Irish immigrants (miners) who formed a secret association to fight for better pay and working conditions in the mines of North-Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • When the miner's pay was cut, it set off a strike. Railroad cars were derailed, coal tips set on fire and a superindendent murdered. 
  • Pinkerton law enforcement infiltrated the organisation and 19 men were arrested, convicted and hanged.
  •  This showed that law enforcement and the Criminal Justice System still favoured the side of the businesses.
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