Pinkerton agents battling with striking steel workers, Homestead, PA, July 7, 1892.
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Credit: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

In the summer of 1892, Henry Frick and the steel workers at the Carnegie Homestead Works squared off in one of the most violent battles in American labor history. Convincing the governor to call out the state militia, Frick finally crushed the strike, but the bad blood would last for decades.

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