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Posted by XenokRoy 6 years ago to History
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I thought this might be an interesting subject for discussion. When did we begin to loose the right to protect ourselves and our property?

Was their a beginning to it, or was it simply slow creep.

My own idea is that the Homestead Strike was the beginning of the shift. Carnegie had every right to bring in mercenaries and protect his steel mill, his property.

This event was a set back for the unions but also used to rally support against the rich.

Where do you think the shift started and why?

The union went to far when it blocked Carnegie from access, from the ability to hire new workers if he wanted to and could. This was a clear disregard for his property rights.

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  • Posted by $ jbrenner 5 years, 12 months ago
    Carnegie and Frick almost begged for the Homestead Strike confrontation, and Carnegie actually left for Scotland so that he would not bear the brunt of the uprising. I am generally very anti-union, but in that era, the safety of workers was a major concern. They were having significant workplace injuries at Carnegie Steel at least weekly.

    You are correct. That was the defining shift in momentum that William Jennings Bryan seized on to start the "progressive" era.
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