United States senators visit striking coal miners, Rossiter PA, February 1928.
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Photograph of the Senators posing for photograph as onlookers stand in the background. Senators are from Left to right: Senator Wagner, New York; Senator Pine, Oklahoma; Senator Gooding, Idaho; chairman Senator Wheeler, Montana, with newspaper in his pocket.

Credit: Special Collections and Archives, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

In February 1928, a visit by four United States senators investigating an unconstitutional ban on picketing, meetings, and rallies by striking UMW miners brought national attention to Rossiter, Pennsylvania. After arriving in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Senator Frank Gooding told reporters, "It is inconceivable that such squalor, misery, and distress should be tolerated in the heart of one of the richest industrial centers of the world."

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