A recent comment on our blog pointed out an amazing resource made available by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
Violence in the Coal Region and the Molly Maguire conspiracy theory
An 1873 letter in the Boston Globe exhibits many signs of a Molly Maguire conspiracy theory in the Coal Region.
“The lonely valley was alive with workers” – The Mahanoy Valley in 1874
A newspaper correspondent gives a history of the mining industry in northern Schuylkill County.
“A reign of lawlessness” – A violent week in Schuylkill County in 1870
In April 1870, a widespread outbreak of violence across Schuylkill County shocked residents
Watching HBO’s Deadwood and finding comparisons to Pennsylvania’s Coal Region
Watching HBO's Deadwood and reflecting on similarities between the "Wild West" and Pennsylvania's Coal Region
“I am more than glad it is over” – A Coal Region soldier’s experience in World War I
Private James J. Dee experienced the horror of the First World War and wrote home to his family about the experience.