When 300 armed-Pinkerton Detectives came ashore at Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead mill, they had no idea the steelworkers they planned to crush would fight back. After a hail of stones and bullets ripped the air, seven workers and three Pinkertons were dead, and the most bitterly fought industrial battle in U.S. history was underway.
In a matter of days, 8,500 National Guard forces were sent at the request of Carnegie to crush the union once and for all.
Over 100 years later the emotional scars have yet to heal. The Homestead Strike remains one of the most contentious and transformational moments in U.S. history.
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