Directed by Steffi Domike and Nicole Fauteux
The violence that erupted at Carnegie Steel’s giant Homestead mill near Pittsburgh on July 6, 1892, caused a congressional investigation and trials for treason, motivated a nearly successful assassination attempt on Frick, contributed to the defeat of President Benjamin Harrison for a second term, and changed the course of the American labor movement.
This film is aripping account of the summer of 1892, in which a bitter conflict erupted at the Carnegie Works in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The nation’s largest steel maker took on its most militant labor union, with devastating consequences for American workers. Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick head a fascinating cast of characters, which includes 300 armed Pinkerton guards and the would-be anarchist assassin, Alexander Berkman. This American tragedy still resonates 125 years later, especially in communities hard hit by the decline of heavy industry and labor’s diminishing clout.
Report on Labor in the Schools
The struggle to defend working people and our unions requires a real knowledge of history. We need to know where we come from and the lessons of the past to understand our present issues.
Labor In The Schools has been a project of the California Federation of Teachers CFT to bring labor education into the schools and to support the idea that working class history is critical for all people.
Bill Morgan who is a member of the statewide CFT committee will talk about the efforts of the union to build support for labor education in the schools and what all unionists and working people can do to help support labor education.