July 6th, 1892 – Ten Dead at the Homestead Strike

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

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Three thousand eight hundred striking steelworkers engaged in a day-long battle with Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike, leaving ten dead and dozens wounded.

The battle was one of the most serious disputes in U.S. labor history, third behind the Ludlow Massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain. The dispute occurred at the Homestead Steel Works in the Pittsburgh area town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, between the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers (the AA) and the Carnegie Steel Company. The final result was a major defeat for the union and a setback for their efforts to unionize steelworkers.


 

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