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Workers, Rebels, and Spies: Rivers of Steel Explores the Legacy of the Great Steel Strike of 1919 with Exhibition and Event Featuring Author Ryan C. Brown

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


One hundred years after the pivotal events of 1919, Rivers of Steel examines the influences and impact of the Great Steel Strike with an exhibition and talk featuring author Ryan C. Brown.

On Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Brown will present his talk “Workers, Rebels, and Spies: the Legacy of the Great Steel Strike of 1919” at the Bost Building in Homestead.  The talk will explore beyond the legacy of the events and delve into the conditions which led to violent conflict as union labor and organizers fought for better working conditions, hours, and pay, while management, media, and local enforcers sought to protect the status quo.

Brown’s talk will reflect themes from his book, Pittsburgh and the Great Steel Strike of 1919, including how the brutal conditions of the early 20th-century steel industry and the rise of militant, industry-wide organizing united workers across regions, and how, despite the failed strike, the events of 1919 remade the steel industry and influenced labor and politics for decades to come.

Ryan C. Brown is a journalist and writer based in Pittsburgh. Born there and raised nearby, Ryan studied journalism at the University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown and has covered politics, local government, and history for several western Pennsylvania news outlets. His book Pittsburgh and the Great Steel Strike of 1919 was released in September by The History Press.

Admission for “Workers, Rebels, and Spies: the Legacy of the Great Steel Strike of 1919”  is free, but registration is required.

To complement the talk, Rivers of Steel has assembled a small exhibition from the Rivers of Steel archives, with an additional special item on loan from the Heinz History Center. Text panels for the exhibition were produced in partnership with United Steelworkers and the Battle of Homestead Foundation. The exhibition, entitled The Great Steel Strike of 1919, provides a timeline of the events and introductions to the major characters and incidents that influenced the course of history.


Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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