Homestead Steel Strike Research Paper

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A Brief Story of the United States Trade Unions In the United States, such as in most of other countries, agriculture played a very important role in the beginning of the enrichment decades. Native, African and White Americans were not the only ethnicities in the country by that time. Immigrants - mostly from Asia and Europe - started to arrive in the US seeking for job and the dream of wealth. Thanks for this population growth, the labor force was duplicated and the landlords realized it was time to spread their goods all over the country. The exploration of gold and steel mining was also another great business in that past period of time named “The Gilded Age” and it was important to make the country expand itself through the rural exodus combined with the construction of railroads that helped not only the commerce development but it also influenced the arise of new industries on its way…show more content…
When they sat down at the negotiating table, the two sides would bring with them very different preconceptions about how the world should work - it was clear the difference between rich and poor and the rich perception was that they were the owners of the poor so they should make up all rules. The Homestead Steel Strike is one of the most remarkable experiences for the trade unions’ history: after the employees tried to negotiate their wages unsuccessfully, the most powerful trade union of the moment called Amalgamated Association also tried to bargain some benefits but ended up making the hasty decision to confront the richest businessman in the US, Henry Frick, the company leader. In 1892 there was an armed battle between guards Frick hired to take care of the Mill he was shutting down and the workers that were against his decision. Lots of people died and the Mill remained

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