Molly Maguires

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Molly Maguires

1860s to 1880s A secret Irish-American society especially active in mining areas.
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The two main groups involved were a gang of boys known as the Forty Thieves and a female gang called the Mollies, probably named after the Molly McGuires, the secretive Irish organization that terrorized the Pennsylvania coal mines in the 1880s.
However, he shies well clear of the troubles in Ireland and the history of the Molly McGuires in America - plenty of room for criticism there.