The Lattimer Massacre: A Turning Point in Labor and Ethnic History
Thesis: On September 10, 1897, 250 immigrant miners marched in protest of low wages and poor working conditions in northeastern Pennsylvania's anthracite region. Stopped just outside Lattimer by coal company police and the county sheriff, shots rang out, leaving at least 19 miners dead and dozens more wounded. Despite testimony of over 140 witnesses, no one was convicted for the murders. Reaction to the murders and verdict united diverse ethnic groups and resulted in rapid growth of unionism in the region. Thus it is a turning point in both labor and ethnic history.
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