The Molly Maguires, as they were known in the anthracite coal mining areas of
The subject of the guilt or innocence of the executed men is still a hotly debated topic among some of the people in the anthracite region. The Molly Maguires left virtually no record of themselves. No one knows whether they referred to themselves as the Molly Maguires or by some other name. What little information is known about them was recorded by observers and historians. Many question the objectivity and accuracy of these accounts. Scholars today agree that the trials were travesties of justice, motivated by prejudice against Irish Catholics and the desire for revenge on the part of the mine owners. While some of the men were almost certainly guilty of at least some of the crimes for which they were convicted, others may have been entirely innocent.
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