Discover the story behind American labor history’s high-profile events and attention-grabbing headlines in Pennsylvania’s Coal and Iron Police, the new pictorial history book from Arcadia Publishing and local author Spencer Sadler, featuring over 200 vintage images.
Pennsylvania’s Coal and Iron Police ruled small patch towns and industrial cities for their coal and iron company bosses from 1865 to 1931. Armed with a gun and badge and backed by state legislation, the members of the private police force were granted power in a practically unspecified jurisdiction.
Highlights of Pennsylvania’s Coal and Iron Police:
• Includes the Molly Maguires, the Homestead Strike and the Lattimer Mines Massacre
• Features the Coal and Iron Police’s role as strikebreakers, sometimes using intimidation and violence
• Explains how the Pennsylvania State Police was a direct result of the Coal and Iron Police in 1905
• Shows the important role that organizations such as the United Mine Workers of America and the American Civil Liberties Union played during this time
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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