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Lance Fulton Molly Maguires Movie Comparison On October 27 1873 a man calling himself James McKenna emerged from a train at the station in Port Clinton a small community on the southern border of Pennsylvanias Schuylkill County It was coal-mining country a rough part of the world suffering from the effects of what one newspaper had called a reign of terror orchestrated by a shadowy organization dubbed the Molly Maguires Since 1862 the Mollies had been blamed for numerous murders beatings knifings armed robberies and incidents of arson The story of the Molly Maguires is a well known segment of the history of industrialization in the United States In 1970 Sean Connery starred in a film called The Molly Maguires in which he played Jack Kehoe the lead Mollie opposite to Richard Harris James McKenna The comparison between the film and the actual real life events will be the topic of this paper Whether or not the film accurately portrays the Molly maguires as they really were though is not the key interest here Of primary concern is the ways in which the film describes the plight of Irish immigrants to the coal mines of Pennsylvania how accurately does it portray the story behind the Mollies This terrorist group did not appear overnight it was created Therefore they must have been created for a reason and this is the focus of the investigation In order to understand the factors that led to the formation of the Molly Maguires one must understand something about the lives of the people that comprised the Mollies Irish immigrants This is best accomplished by first taking a look at the reasons for the massive number of Irish to immigrates to the US in the nineteenth century From 1820 to 1920 over four and a quarter million Irish immigrants came to the United States One cause for this extraordinarily heavy emigration was the constant pressure of population
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