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., 1878. Presumed second printing, as this copy contains pages 19-95 (versus 19-88 in the first printing) and no ads. In original wrappers over a sewn binding, pp. , 19-95. A fair copy. Binding sturdy, wraps show wear, creasing, a few closed tears, small loss to back cover and an area of loss to front cover that is stuck to the first page, and some staining. Internally generally clean aside from a stain to first page, a bit of foxing and creased edges. Housed in a custom case, very scarce.
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