Item description for The Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 (American Workers) by Nancy Whitelaw...
Overview Describes the events leading up to and occurring during the lockout and strike of steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, in 1892, and its impact upon American labor unions.
From The Book Jacket The conflict between owners and workers in the early years of American industry often became violent. The bloody events of July 1892, which pitted two of the nation's most skillful businessmen-Andrew Carnegie and Henry C. Frick-against the workers in their Homestead steel mill, have become emblematic of the labor unrest of the period. Carnegie and Frick were both visionary entrepreneurs. When they acquired the steel works at Homestead, they inherited a powerful labor union. The Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, a part of the fledgling American Federation of Labor, had recently negotiated a strong contract. Carnegie and Frick were determined to force the union out, despite Carnegie's public statements of appreciation for the rights of the working man. As talks opened between labor and management, Carnegie fled to Great Britain and left Frick in charge. A few months of stalled negotiations and provocative moves on both sides led to a strike in the summer of 1892. Frick immediately called in Pinkerton guards, and on July 6, a battle erupted between Pinkertons and striking workers that left several dead on each side and forever changed the face of American labor. The Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 details the main players and issues that led to that fateful day and examines the effect the strike had on the American labor movement.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Mar 30, 2006
Publisher Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN 1931798885 ISBN13 9781931798884
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Whitelaw
Whitelaw has written a number of books for young readers.
Nancy Whitelaw currently resides in Jamestown. Nancy Whitelaw was born in 1933.
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A Good Place to Start May 21, 2008
Part of the "American Workers" series covering major labor events in the US, this book is aimed at a young adult audience. Whitelaw articulates in a lively and readable style all the important aspects of the '92 Strike. In my personal research, I've read every book on the '92 Homestead Strike (in which my great-grandfather was killed), and this is the book I'd recommend to anyone as a starter on the subject. Whitelaw provides a coherent overview of this event that defined the course of American labor history for four decades.