“Quite a surprise” – Tower City mine workers respond to beginning of 1902 strike

A look at the perspectives of the mine workers of far western Schuylkill County as the 1902 coal strike began.

Grievances of Williamstown miners against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company – 1886

"We are men and all we ask is to be treated as such," wrote the miners in a public letter published during their 1886 strike.

“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A coal miners’ rebellion in Schuylkill County during the Civil War

In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.