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10 September 1897
The Massacre at Lattimer Mines
When the immigrant mine workers in the area became upset with the coal companies over working conditions and overall treatment, they eventually revolted, calling a somewhat violent strike involving several mines. Over three thousand workers were involved on August 16. Anger began to increase and turmoil was prevalent. A formal strike and walkout began on 1 September. As the days went by, more and more workers joined the effort and just after Labor Day over 10,000 workers were protesting. Due to the nervousness of the mine owners a state of civil disorder was called by the Luzerne County Sheriff. On 9 Sept a group of Lattimer workers met with striking members as they wanted to join the efforts. They wanted the strikers to march to Lattimer and they would join them. As the group marched to Lattimer the next morning, waving American flags, they met with some of the deputies and a minor confrontation occurred. It was agreed they the group could continue if they went around Hazleton. As they continue to march toward Lattimer, tensions were high. Both sides were apprehensive. Company Police met up with the deputers and the Sheriff at the entrance to the town. After a scuffle, shots rang out and the flag bearer fell to the ground. The group began to scatter as shots continued to ring out. Many were shot in the back. In the end, 19 marchers were dead and many others wounded. For a full account of the story, go to this website. Also see more information on the event.
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