Monday, July 11, 2011
Relating to the Molly Maguires
Here's an article from the New York Times archive from 1863. The article reports that another Pennsylvania Irish mining gang, referred to as the Buckshots, killed Mr. Smith of the mining corporation. "Mr. SMITH, who was killed, has incurred the hatred of the Irish miners by his opposition to their secret organization, which had for its object the exclusion of all the workmen of other countries." This incident sounds extremely similar to some of the actions taken by the Molly Maguires in the film. I also want to point out that in the quote above, the Irish want to exclude workers of other nationalities, (presumably Welsh and German) from the mines.