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The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry / Edition 1

The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry / Edition 1

by Paul KahanPaul Kahan
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On July 6, 1892, three hundred armed Pinkerton agents arrived in Homestead, Pennsylvania to retake the Carnegie Steelworks from the company's striking workers. As the agents tried to leave their boats, shots rang out and a violent skirmish began. The confrontation at Homestead was a turning point in the history of American unionism, beginning a rapid process of decline for America's steel unions that lasted until the Great Depression.

Examining the strike's origins, events, and legacy, The Homestead Strike illuminates the tense relationship between labor, capital, and government in the pivotal moment between Reconstruction and the Progressive Era. In a concise narrative, bolstered by statements from steelworkers, court testimony, and excerpts from Carnegie's writings, Paul Kahan introduces students to one of the most dramatic and influential episodes in the history of American labor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415531948
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/19/2013
Series: Critical Moments in American History Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Kahan teaches history at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. For more information, visit his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Carnegie and Frick 2. American Labor History, 1600-1892 3. Lead-Up to the Strike 4. The Lockout and Strike 5. Aftermath 6. Legacy and Conclusion. Documents.

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