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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