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The Homestead Strike, also known as the Homestead Steel Strike, was an industrial lockout and strike which began on June 30, 1892, culminating in a battle between strikers and private security agents on July 6, 1892.

The Homestead Strike was a bloody labor confrontation lasting 143 days in 1892, one of the most serious in U.S. history. The conflict was centered on Carnegie Steel's main plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania, & grew out of a dispute between the National Amalgamated Assoc of Iron & Steel Workers of the United States & the Carnegie Steel Company. Carnegie left on a trip to Scotland before the unrest peaked. Carnegie left mediation of the dispute in the hands of his associate & partner Henry…

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When Pinkertons Sent to Break a Strike Were Forced to Surrender

Homestead Strike - Strike supported by the American Federation of Labor. Ended when the Governor of Pennsylvania sent a mafia to stop it.


Homestead Strike: With the mill ringed by striking workers, agents from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which Frick had contracted to provide security at the plant in April 1892, planned to access the plant grounds from the river. 300 Pinkerton detectives assembled on the night of July 5, 1892. They were given Winchester rifles with the object of removing the workers by force. Several men were killed, 9 workers among them. The riot was quelled by 8,000 armed state militia.