Today In History: The Lattimer Massacre

September 10th: Today in 1897 a group of sixty sheriff’s deputies near Hazleton, Pennsylvania opened fire on an unarmed march of four hundred striking miners killing twenty and wounding many more in the Lattimer Massacre. The miners were mostly from Eastern Europe, fourteen of the dead were from Poland, and the massacre caused outrage in Europe as well as in America. As usual for these massacres the shooters were tried and acquitted.

I have no real intention of turning this to the labor today in history or the massacre today in history, as I said yesterday, I am always surprised at how common these events were in part of the history of the United States, so they do catch my eye.

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