The Detailed Story of the 1892 Battle is told Here
In a book of dramatic stories George Lakey draws lessons for today from a century of successful direct action campaigns by civic groups, women, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ, immigrants, environmentalists, religious groups, and students.
Book Talk with George Lakey
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 White Whale Books 4754 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh, 15224 Click Here for Event Details
A participatory 3-hour workshop with internationally-known trainer, author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning
Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 8:30
Friends Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, 15213
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Why Remember 1919?
With the armistice ending the First World War, signed November 11, 1918, manufacturing demand fell and unemployment swelled. Social pressures already exacerbated by wartime labor practices, inflation and postwar corporate repression of unions, only deepened as economic activity slowed.
The steel mills imposed a twelve-hour day of physical labor in a heavily polluted and dangerous workplace over an unrelenting seven-day week.
The Great Steel Strike was on the horizon. Click Here for the Story
On August 26, 1919, Fannie Sellins, organizer for the mine workers’ union, was brutally murdered by Coal and Iron Police outside a mine entry in Natrona Heights when she attempted to intervene in the beating of a picketer. We will honor Fannie on the 100th anniversary of her brutal assassination while fighting for justice.
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The Battle of Homestead Foundation Annual Meeting was held on January 21, 2019 at the Indigo Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. The program “Honor and Remember the Rev Martin Luther King” featured the following speakers: John Haer, Charlie McCollester, Millie Beik, and Wali Jamal. Click Here to watch the Video
A Bibliography of Labor History in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Labor History Society has updated this very comprehensive bibliography for 2019.
This bibliography captures major works on labor and workers in Pennsylvania’s history. It is diverse compilation that includes scholarly books and articles, public history works as well as film and the visual arts, but not dissertations. It lists a number of titles under more than one subject heading. The bibliography has a small number of publications that partially cover Pennsylvania listed under the category, “Other.” While comprehensive, it remains a work-in-progress as new scholarship and ways of depicting the lives of Pennsylvania workers and labor unions emerge. The bibliography is useful to scholars, public historians, students, and the casual reader who are interested in this subject matter.
On August 15, 2018 we invited these young historians to the Pump House to give us the details of their project and to recognize them for their hard work.
The 2018 theme was Conflict and Compromise in History. A group exhibit in the Junior category became one of the most rewarded entries using the Battle of Homestead as the topic. Students Robyn, Sophia, and Amelia, eighth-graders at Peters Township Middle School, tackled the theme and concluded there was...Read More »
The Battle of Homestead Foundation welcomes students and teachers who may be interested in using the story of the 1892 battle with this year’s NHD theme of
Triumph & Tragedy in History.
Feel free to explore our website for research and consider a visit to the Pump House...Read More »
National History Day and the Battle of Homestead ~ Local Students Shine at Heinz History Center and Beyond
WASHINGTON, D.C—Around the world middle and high school students are taking their learning beyond the textbook with the annual National History Day Contest. This project-based contest provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their historical research skills through one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and...Read More »
ABOUT THE BATTLE OF HOMESTEAD FOUNDATION
The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators and historians. It’s purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pa. in 1892.
Many people interested in the Battle, as well as the history of the working class and the Labor movement, are dedicated to preserving the Pump House (the sole existing structure of the 1892 Homestead Steel Works) as a labor monument to working people that will attract tourism, labor groups, students, and anyone in any way interested in Western Pennsylvania’s fascinating industrial and labor heritage. The BHF strives to assist and abet these interests and efforts. Read More About Us Here
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Membership: Get updates on events and happenings of the Battle of Homestead Foundation by becoming a new member, or renewing your membership!
Members receive notice of all BHF events and business and are eligible to vote for Directors of the BHF Board. Membership is open to all persons who pledge to support the BHF mission and make an annual membership contribution.
With your membership you also get free admission to the Heinz History Center via their Affiliates Program. The annual membership card we send you will allow up to four persons per visit to the Heinz History Center, The Fort Pitt Museum, and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
Yesterday and Tomorrow – The Legacy of the 1892 Homestead Strike
The Battle of Homestead is the most famous event in American labor history, and perhaps the most significant. Just after dawn on July 6, 1892, the battle erupted when locked-out steelworkers of the Carnegie Steel works at Homestead, together with citizens of the town, broke into the closed and fortified mill nick-named “Fort Frick” after CEO Henry Frick. On the bank of the Monongahela River, they confronted a private army of Pinkerton agents hired by Frick as they attempted to land and secure the mill. The battle was soon joined, and raged throughout the day with gunfire, burning oil, and cannon.
At day’s end, the Pinkertons surrendered. Seven workers and three Pinkerton “detectives” lay dead, with others wounded. When the Pinkertons were led away they were humiliated and beaten as they passed through a gauntlet of enraged women, children and townspeople. The conflict marked a watershed in U.S. labor relations and casts a deep shadow to this day.
Many students of the Homestead battle see it as a signal event in establishing the predominance of the rights of capital over rights of labor in the workplace. While legal and supra-legal suppression of workers was nothing new, Homestead seemed to draw the lines as never before. For several decades after, corporate violence against workers, especially immigrant workers, in the form of private enforcement agencies like the Pinkertons and the infamous Coal and Iron Police, was acceptable, even when the human rights of workers were clearly violated and public sentiment favored their cause.
The Battle of Homestead Foundation was founded to preserve the Pump House, as well as the many stories it has to tell.