The Battle for Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

The Battle for Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

by Paul Krause
     
 

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• Named one of the fifty best books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly Not only brings to life the dramatic events and places them within an analytical context, but it also provides rich biographical studies of key players on all sides, from Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick to labor activists 'Beewax' Taylor and John Mcluckie."--Peter Rachleff  See more details below

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• Named one of the fifty best books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly Not only brings to life the dramatic events and places them within an analytical context, but it also provides rich biographical studies of key players on all sides, from Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick to labor activists 'Beewax' Taylor and John Mcluckie."--Peter Rachleff

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Krause, a historian at the University of British Columbia, chronicles the roots of the rise and fall of the steel industry in his native Monongahela Valley, a perfect metaphor for the collapse of industrial America. The Homestead steelworks incidents were precipitated by Henry Clay Frick's lockout of 3800 workers at the plant, owned by Andrew Carnegie; Frick's calling in of 300 Pinkerton thugs to break the steelworkers' blockade of the company town; and violence that followed when the workers defended themselves with guns. In the aftermath, Carnegie brought the full power of the state to bear on the strike leaders and smashed the union. The author finds previous narratives of these events too simplistic, focusing on the physical confrontation. Krause studies the transformation of work and its brutal effect on the workers. Along the way he offers exemplary portraits of key figures on all sides, including Carnegie, Frick and their numerous union antagonists. An elegantly written and riveting history of a key moment in America's industrialization, industrialization's toll on the labor force and the labor unions' efforts to ameliorate the workers' lot. pk Also forthcoming this month from University of Pittsburgh is ``The River Ran Red'': Homestead 1892 ($19.95 * ISBN *0-8229-5478-8; cloth $39.95 *-3710-7 ), an illustrated anthology of contemporary accounts of the conflict, edited by David P. Demarest Jr. et al. (July)
Library Journal
see ``The River Ran Red.''
Booknews
Explores the politics, culture, and morality of steelmaking in late 19th-century America by tracing the circuitous path that led businessmen, engineers, political leaders, and metalworkers to Homestead, Pennsylvania--site of the world's largest and most "progressive" steel mill. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822937029
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
06/06/1992
Series:
Series in Social and Labor History
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.52(d)

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