Anne Flaherty's Blog (6)

Pennsylvania's 'Molly Maguires': Irish Terrorists or Christian Martyrs?

In January 2015, Fordham University Press released "The Sons of Molly Maguire." Mark Bulik’s upcoming work is the latest in a line that characterizes Pennsylvania’s alleged “Molly Maguires” as Roman Catholic…


Added by Anne Flaherty on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Plea to Historians

Search for the Facts

Mark Bulik’s upcoming work, "The Sons of Molly Maguire," is the latest in a long line that characterizes Pennsylvania’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) men charged as “Molly Maguires” as transplanted…


Added by Anne Flaherty on December 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pennsylvania's Hibernians

Together, We Can Honor Their Extraordinary History

In Pennsylvania in the 1870s, tens of thousands of Irish Catholic men gathered together as members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. These Irishmen tried to…


Added by Anne Flaherty on November 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

March 17, 1875: John Kehoe's Hibernians 'Stand Up to the Mark Like Men'

In 1875, St. Patrick's Day in Pennsylvania's Mahanoy City broke cold and clear. But conflict gripped the hard coal region. Festivities that honored Ireland’s patron saint would highlight a longstanding war between Irish priests under the authority of Archbishop James Frederick Wood and Irish Catholic men who marched under society banners

Long-buried accounts of those…


Added by Anne Flaherty on March 2, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What Nerved Brutus to Slay Caesar: James McParlan and the 'Molly Maguires'

Beau Riffenburgh’s biography of James McParlan, titled “Pinkerton’s Great Detective: The…


Added by Anne Flaherty on December 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

For the Grace of a Happy Death

December 18, 2013, marked the 135th anniversary of the execution of John Kehoe at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On that day in 1878, newspapers country-wide reported the scheduled death of the “King of…


Added by Anne Flaherty on December 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

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