Today in Labor History

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June 21, 1877


Ten miners accused of being militant “Molly Maguires” are hanged in Pennsylvania.  A private corporation initiated the investigation of the men through a private detective agency.  A private police force arrested them, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them.  “The state provided only the courtroom & the gallows,” a judge said many years later.


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