Posted by: Pam, at RML | March 2, 2010

Spell-binding story is local railroad history

Before you read this: This book talk has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for April, date to be announced. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please read on!

Four historians, three at Immaculata College, shed light on a tragic chapter in American labor history in their book, The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut: The Irish Who Died Building America’s Most Dangerous Stretch of Railroad. William E. Watson, J.Francis Watson, John H. Ahtes, and Earl H. Schandelmeier will be in the Winsor Room in April (date TBA) to talk about their book and the Duffy’s Cut Project.

In 1832, 57 Irish Catholic workers were brought to the United States to lay one of the most difficult miles of American railway, Duffy’s Cut of the Pennsylvania Railroad. These men were chosen because, in the eyes of the railroad company that hired them, they were expendable. In the end, all 57 men–the entire work crew–died and were buried in a mass unmarked grave.

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