As you learned in this chapter, employers in the 1800s generally regarded unions as an interference in the progress of production. Employers discouraged unions and strikes with several methods, including dismissal, blacklisting, and lockouts. Sometimes workers' confrontations with owners led to violence and bloodshed. In 1892 at the Homestead Mill, a disagreement between union workers and Carnegie Steel turned into a brutal battle that left ten people dead. Although Andrew Carnegie professed to support labor and empathize with workers' needs, Carnegie ended up subjugating the power of steel unions. Go to this Web site to discover the reason why the union went on strike, the surprising response of citizens, and what Carnegie did to gain control of his labor force.
Destination Title: The Richest Man In the World: Andrew Carnegie
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Start at The Richest Man In the World: Andrew Carnegie Web site.
- Click on Special Features.
- Scroll down and click on Making Money the Old Fashioned Way.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.