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1902 Anthracite Coal Strike

 
 
1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
1. 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Marker
Inscription. In May 1902, 150,000 mineworkers struck for six months for union recognition, higher wages, shorter hours, and other demands. The Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, set up by President Theodore Roosevelt, held hearings at the Lackawanna County Courthouse and granted some demands in March 1903. Among the longest in U.S. history, the strike introduced unbiased federal intervention in labor disputes.
 
Erected 2002 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 24.47′ N, 75° 39.704′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Adams Avenue 0.1 miles north of Spruce Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in downtown Scranton. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 Spruce Street, Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Electric Cars (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Harbor Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (about 300
Wide view of the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
2. Wide view of the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Marker
The monument to John Mitchell, a founder of the United Mine Workers of America, stands in the background.
feet away, measured in a direct line); Medal of Honor (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Medal of Honor (about 400 feet away); Lackawanna County (about 400 feet away); The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
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1. The Pennsylvania Center for the Book - Great Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902. The winter of 1902 was coming fast. The Anthracite Coal Strike in northeastern Pennsylvania had been going on for over four months with no signs of ending. President Theodore Roosevelt feared “untold misery…with the certainty of riots which might develop into social war.” (Submitted on August 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. U.S. Department of Labor -- History -- The Coal Strike of 1902; Turning Point in U.S. Policy. The Federal Government, with the Commissioner of Labor in a fact finding role, acted as a 'neutral' for the first time in contributing to settlement of the bitter coal strike (Submitted on August 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

3. Lackawanna County Courthouse and John Mitchell Monument. The Lackawanna County Courthouse is historically significant as the site of the first session of the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in the fall of 1902 to end the "Great Strike" of the anthracite coal workers. (Submitted on August 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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