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127 years later, the Homestead Strike of 1892 retains its capacity to shock. It was a defining event which revealed in the starkest terms the respective strength of labor and management in America in the 1890s. The crushing defeat of the workers meant there would be no recognized trade unionism and collective bargaining in steel and other heavy industries until the 1930s.
Presenter Jerry Fitzgibbon is a volunteer with Rivers of Steel Heritage and a docent at the historic Pump House, site of the 1892 labor battle. He is the Digital Coordinator for the website of the Battle of Homestead Foundation (battleofhomestead.org).
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