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By Kevin Kenny

Kevin Kenny did his research on “Mollie Maguires” to better understand the real story. It is a best research book on this subject. In the 1860s and 1870s, the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania drew national attention for their violence. After a series of assaults and killings, deep-rooted fears of a secret Irish terrorist organization hardened into certainty. Sixteen men were assassinated, most of them mine officials, and there were numerous beatings and acts of industrial sabotage. Because of the uncertainties in the subject and the many biases involved in it, the story of the Mollies has not received the plain unvarnished truth that it needs. Kevin Kenny, in his superb book, has done that. “Making Sense of the Molly Maguires” is the best book ever written on the subject.