Aerial view of the Homestead mills and Carrie Furnace, Homestead, PA, 1950.
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Overhead view of the Homestead Steel Works.

Credit: Collection of William J. Gaughan, AIS 94:3, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

In early 1900s, local officials kept tight control of the town of Homestead, refusing permission for labor meetings or speeches. The residents of Homestead regained the right of assembly and freedom of speech only after the great union organizing campaigns of the mid-1930s.

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