"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
In 1897, a former breaker boy penned a poem in remembrance of the child laborers of the Coal Region.
Not everyone in Hazleton, Pennsylvania marked Decoration Day (Memorial Day) with reverence and solemnity. The holiday, designed to honor the sacrifices of Civil War veterans who perished during the conflict, had been regularly celebrated in Pennsylvania since 1868. On Decoration Day 1889, some in the Luzerne County city "imbibed too freely" and ended up in … Continue reading “Decoration Day Drunks” – Hazleton residents who imbibed too freely on the holiday to honor Civil War veterans
On December 18, 1869, six people were killed when a mine cave-in swallowed their homes in Luzerne County.
In September 1862, Irish immigrants living near Scranton rose up to resist efforts to enroll local men for the draft and service in the Civil War.
Writer Susan Dickinson provided the New York Herald with vivid updates of the 1874 Empire Mine Fire.
A reporter from the Wilkes-Barre Record interviewed numerous women about suffrage in August 1920.
The Pittston Gazette published three letters detailing the bloody carnage at Fredericksburg in December 1862.
A reporter for the Hazleton Plain Speaker interview bootleggers to get a scoop on the booze situation in 1926.