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Title The ghosts of Duffy's Cut : the Irish who died building America's most dangerous stretch of railroad / William E. Watson ... [and others].

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006.


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 UniM Bail  974.8130049162 GHOS    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 216 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The genesis of the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad -- 2. The kingdom of Ireland in 1832 -- 3. America in 1832 -- 4. The Irish in Penn's Woods -- 5. The story of Duffy's cut -- 6. "A chastisement for the sins of the people" : cholera in Pennsylvania, 1832 -- 7. Duffy's Cut in historical memory -- 8. The ghosts of Duffy's Cut -- 9. The Duffy's cut project : a chronicle -- 10. A virtual tour of Duffy's cut.
Summary "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." "The saga of Duffy's Cut unfolds against a backdrop of a rapidly industrializing America, focusing particularly on the Irish laborers who built the railroads. Who were these men? Who hired them? Why did they come? Perhaps most important, why did they die? Based on archaeological digs at the site and meticulous historical research, the authors argue that the annihilation of the work crew came about because of the extreme conditions of their employment, the prejudice of the surrounding community, and the vigilante violence that kept them isolated."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Watson, William E.
Subject Columbia-Philadelphia Railroad -- History.
Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region -- History -- 19th century.
Foreign workers, Irish -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region -- History -- 19th century.
Cholera -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region -- History -- 19th century.
Epidemics -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region -- History -- 19th century.
Railroad construction workers -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region -- History -- 19th century.
Ghost stories, American -- Pennsylvania -- Malvern Region.
Duffy's Cut Site (Malvern, Pa.)
Malvern Region (Pa.) -- History -- 19th century.
Malvern Region (Pa.) -- Antiquities.
ISBN 0275987272 (alk. paper)