Author: William Serrin
Year Published: 1992
Description: Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town chronicles the rise and fall of Homestead, Pennsylvania and the devastating impact the 1986 closing of its mill had on local workers' lives and livelihoods. From this vantage point, former New York Times labor correspondent William Serrin provides a history of the U.S. steel industry, starting with the 1892 industrial lockout and strike that culminated in a battle between union members and private security forces contracted by management from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
'Much of what makes up America can be examined in Homestead. The rise of industrialization and the breaking apart of industrialization, the role that immigrants have played in American life, the migration of black people to the North, authoritarianism and the acceptance of it, contention between workers and employers, the role of unions in American life, the heroism of ordinary people in the face of the strongest adversaries, how America uses things — people, resources, cities — then discards them.'