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Making Sense of the Molly Maguires

ISBN-10: 0195116313
ISBN-13: 9780195116311
Edition: 1998
Authors: Kevin Kenny
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Twenty Irish immigrants, suspected of belonging to a secret terrorist organization called the Molly Maguires, were executed in Pennsylvania in the 1870s for the murder of sixteen men. Ever since, there has been enormous disagreement over who the Molly Maguires were, what they did, and why they did it, as virtually everything we now know about the Molly Maguires is based on the hostile descriptions of their contemporaries. Arguing that such sources are inadequate to serve as the basis for a factual narrative, author Kevin Kenny examines the ideology behind contemporary evidence to explain how and why a particular meaning came to be associated with the Molly Maguires in Ireland and Pennsylvania. At the same time, this work examines new archival evidence from Ireland that establishes that the American Molly Maguires were a rare transatlantic strand of the violent protest endemic in the Irish countryside. Combining social and cultural history, Making Sense of the Molly Maguires offers a new explanation of who the Molly Maguires were, as well as why people wrote and believed such curious things about them. In the process, it vividly retells one of the classic stories of American labor and immigration.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations Used in Footnotes
Introduction
Whiteboys, Ribbonmen, and Molly Maguires
The World of Anthracite
Enter the Molly Maguires
The Rise of a Labor Movement
The Reading Railroad Takes Control
The Return of the Molly Maguires
Rough Justice
The Molly Maguires on Trial
Epilogue
Conclusion
Biographical Data on the Molly Maguires
Geographical. Analysis of the Surnames of the Molly Maguires
The Donegal and North-central Irish in the Anthracite Region
Coffin Notices
Two """"Molly Maguire"""" Ballads
Bibliography
Index

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