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Stone-throwing and gunfire: A riot at a political meeting in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1860
In the late summer and autumn of 1860, the looming election sparked heated political rhetoric, marches in support of political causes, and whispered talk of a coming civil war. These feelings manifest themselves in a violent skirmish between Republicans and Democrats on the streets of a Wayne County community on September 28, 1860. The fight in Hawley, which started … Continue reading Stone-throwing and gunfire: A riot at a political meeting in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1860
Mueller Report highlights Russian misuse of Pennsylvania’s mining legacy to divide in 2016
Robert Mueller's report cited Russians use of mining culture to divide Pennsylvanians during 2016 election
“Wide Awake” in Tremont – Campaigning for Lincoln in the Coal Region in 1860
In the autumn of 1860, the Wide Awakes swept over Schuylkill County.
“All honor to the ladies” – The women of Williams Valley cast their first vote
On November 2, 1920, the women of Williams Valley cast their first ballots under the 19th Amendment.
“A reign of terror” – A violent 1838 election riot provoked outrage in central Pennsylvania
Workmen on the Wiconisco Canal assaulted poll workers in Halifax, threw out votes, and started their own election.
“This seems like madness” – An editorial from the aftermath of the 1860 election hits close to home
"We are quarreling with our own prosperity, and about to fly from imaginary evils to greater evils, the extent of which cannot be imagined."
A Torchlight Parade for Abraham Lincoln in Lykens, Pennsylvania in 1864
In October 1864, residents of Lykens, Pennsylvania showed their support of Abraham Lincoln with an impressive evening parade.