Some white residents of Schuylkill County believed former slaves were going replace them in the coal mines during the Civil War.
The Archbald Draft Riot of September 1862
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.
A Pottsville editor’s letter to Abraham Lincoln in support of the Emancipation Proclamation
Editor Benjamin Bannan vehemently supported the end of slavery in the summer of 1862.