"Make Way for the Molly Maguires" (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
Source: Available from King Laoghaire: The Home of Irish Ballads and Tunes, <<a href="http://www.kinglaoghaire.com/site/home" target="_blank">http://www.kinglaoghaire.com/site/home>.
About the Author: "Molly Maguires" is an example of the traditional ballads that emerged spontaneously from the Irish community, both in Ireland and in the United States, often to comment on political events and social conditions of the time.
The Molly Maguires were a highly secretive organization of Irish Catholic miners who, for at least a decade beginning in the mid-1860s and probably for some ten years before that, employed the tools of arson, riot, murder, and beatings in an effort to improve working conditions in the anthracite coal country of eastern Pennsylvania. All belonged to a fraternal organization called the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Little is known about the origins of the Mollies. The organization was thought to have originated in Ireland, where Catholic land tenants frequently rebelled against absentee English landlords and the Protestant...
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