How did the Homestead Strike change American history?
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The Homestead 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 battle was the second largest and one of the most serious disputes in U.S. labor history second only to the Battle of Blair Mountain. The dispute occurred at the Homestead Steel Works in the 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 efforts to unionize steelworkers.The Homestead Strike of 1892 was a huge setback for the American Labor Movement. The American Labor Movement was affected by the Homestead Strike because another union was not established for thirty more years in the steel industry. Many non-union members in the steel industry gave up hope of ever having good wages and a regular work day, therefore giving the steel industry managers an unprecedented power over their workforce that has continued on even today. Without the steel industry and their work ethic we never would have had the skyscrapers and buildings that make up America today. Yet the power of workers to have a say in how they are paid, how they are treated, and how long they work was lost in the Homestead Strike and greatly affected the American Labor Movement and America itself.
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