Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigrants in Eureka, Nevada, and the Fish Creek Massacre

Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigrants in Eureka, Nevada, and the Fish Creek Massacre

by Silvio Manno

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Charcoal and Blood is a detailed account of a heinous crime perpetrated on Italian immigrants engaged in the production of charcoal on Nevada’s mining frontier at the close of the nineteenth century. On August 18, 1879, in a canyon near Fish Creek, outside Eureka, Nevada, five Italian charcoal burners were slain and six more were wounded, while fourteen were taken prisoner by a sheriff’s posse.

Through meticulous research on the event, relying on such primary sources as newspaper articles, author Silvio Manno provides the only comprehensive account of Eureka’s charcoal crisis and what came to be known as the Fish Creek Massacre. This is a well-documented narrative history of an important instance of class and ethnic conflict in the West. Readers interested in Nevada history, Italian American history, frontier trade unionism, and mining in the West will find this book a unique examination of an incident that occurred almost a century and a half ago and that has, until now, been largely overlooked.

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ISBN-13: 9781943859122
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Series: Shepperson Series in Nevada History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Silvio Manno was born in Calabria, Italy, and emigrated to the United States in 1976. Manno earned an MA in linguistics at California State University, Fresno, and was an elementary school teacher for many years. He is now retired and pursuing his interest in Italian immigration history. Manno is the author of The Forestiere Underground Garden.

Table of Contents

Cover Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface Introduction 1. Italian Emigration and the American Frontier 2. Early Italians in Eureka, Nevada 3. The Arrival of the Italian Charcoal Burners 4. The Eureka Charcoal Burners Protective Association 5. The Charcoal Crisis 6. Escalation of the Charcoal Troubles 7. The Deployment of the Militia 8. Veritas's Denunciations 9. The Fish Creek Shooting Gallery 1 10. The Coroner's Inquest 11. The Trial of the Charcoal Burners 12. Italian Diplomacy 13. Grand Jury Decision Conclusion Afterword Author's Notes Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Bibliography Index

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