Tuesday, September 10 2019

1897 Lattimer massacre

On this day in 1897, in the Lattimer massacre, 19 mineworkers were killed and dozens were wounded while marching peacefully. The strike began weeks prior as miners from eastern Penn. protested extremely dangerous working conditions, unpaid overtime, and the company store. On Sept. 10, about 400 miners, most immigrants, began an unarmed peaceful march to Lattimer to support the newly formed UMW there. When they arrived, the sheriff and his deputies opened fire.

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