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Lockout; The Story of the Homestead Strike of 1892 Hardcover – 1965

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DCJFU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. bailey on April 16, 2005
Lockout : the story of the Homestead strike of 1892: A study of violence, unionism, and the Carnegie steel empire

New York Times Book Review May 23, 1965

Big Steel Won the Battle

Review by Eric F. Goldman

The anarchist Alexander Berkman left his restaurant and his mistress, traveled down to Homestead, Pa., fired two shots point blank at the Carnegie steel manager, Henry Clay Frink. Pvt. William L Iams of the Pennsylvania National Guard heard the news, shouted "three cheers!" and was sentenced by his commanding officer to hand by his thumbs until he was unconscious. Strike leaders were arrested for "treason," a labor sympathizer hired a cook to put arsenic and croton oil in the food of scabs, and workers fought Pinkertons with rifles, cannons and dynamite.

The homestead steel strike of 1892 was certainly one of the most savage labor battles in the history of the United States. It reflected the deep cleavage that had developed in American life by 1890's and it affected all labor-management relations for decades to come. The details from an engrossing story and Leon Wolff, author of the fine historical works, "In Flanders Field" and "Little Brown Brothers," does it full justice in this imaginatively researched and vividly written volume.

The noisy issue in the strike was wages, but a more fundamental question was whether the Carnegie Steel Company was going to continue to deal with the union, the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. Still more basic was the issue that racked all aspects of American life in the 1890's: Was business to operate solely to make as much money as possible or did it bear some responsibility for helping to bring about a decent way of life for its employees?
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This was probably the first attempt to tell the history of the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike since the books that came out in the 1890s very shortly after the event. It's hard, in part because the basic message of the strike and its outcome was and still is pretty discouraging. I had the feeling Wolff was running out of enthusiasm for the task well before he or I got to the end of the book. I was also disappointed in the map of Homestead, which turned out sketchy and inaccurate when I laid it beside a street map of the town from that time. There were useful materials in the Homestead public library when I looked (after Wolff's book was published) that apparently he didn't look into. I'm guessing better books on the subject have been written since this one came out.
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