A Full Account: The Lives and Crimes of the "Mollie Maguires." The Confessions and Execution.
With an account of the organization of this terrible secret society
First edition of this sensational pamphlet describing the then unfolding story of the Mollie Maguires. Between 1861 and 1875, a series of violent assaults, arsons and murders was blamed on a secret society of Irish immigrants known as the Molly Maguires. The group had originally emerged in north-central Ireland in the 1840s as an offshoot of a long line of rural secret societies including the Whiteboys and Ribbonmen, who responded to miserable working conditions and evictions by tenant landlords with bloody vengeance. Based almost entirely on a single infiltrator's testimony, 20 men were sentenced to death—10 of whom were executed on June 21, 1877, also known as Black Thursday. Although the existence of the Molly Maguires as an organized band of outlaws in America is still debated, most historians now agree that the trials and executions were an outrageous perversion of the criminal justice system (Schumm, 2018).
Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., 1877. In original wrappers over a sewn binding, pp. , 19-88 + [6, ads]. A fair copy. Binding loose but still holding, spots of loss to wraps and spine, soiling to front wrap, corners of the first two pages tanned, a few pages bumped and creased with chipping, else generally internally clean. Housed in a custom case. Very scarce.