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Remembering Lattimer: Labor, Migration, and Race in Pennsylvania Anthracite Country

Paul A. Shackel


Lattimer, Pennsylvania, is the location for one of labor’s forgotten massacres, a result of the xenophobic fears prevalent during the turn of the twentieth century. On September 10, 1897, about four hundred strikers of eastern and southern European descent marched to close the Lattimer colliery. Without warning, the men were fired upon by the local sheriff and his posse. The shooters stood trial for the killing of the protestors and were acquitted. Though Lattimer is one of the largest tragedies in U.S. labor history, a type of amnesia attached to the event, and the massacre has been largely f ... More

Keywords: Lattimer massacre, memory, memorialization, labor, racism, immigration, anthracite mining, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, northeastern Pennsylvania

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041990
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. Shackel, author
University of Maryland