The Homestead Steel Strike and the Growth of America as an Industrial Power


Pittsburgh, PA



July 12 - July 18, 2020; July 19 - July 25, 2020 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Kathryn Miller Haines



The “Battle of Homestead” is the most famous event in labor history. While the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike only lasted four months, it created a lasting impact on how the nation viewed the relationship between labor  and management and cemented the reputation of two of America's great industrialists. This program will provide a framework for participants to immerse themselves in the battle from both sides by examining primary sources, listening to lectures by visiting scholars, touring historic sites, and taking a riverboat tour that follows the same route the Pinkerton guards used as they traveled to the Homestead Steelworks.

Project Director(s)

Kathryn Miller Haines, Suzy Bloom

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Les Standiford, Paul Kahan, Tammy Hepps, Quentin Skrabec, Ted Muller, Ken Kobus, Charlie McCollester, Steffi Domike, Joel Woller, Barbara Jones

Grantee Institution

University of Pittsburgh