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    [Benjamin Harrison]: Unique and Outrageous Homestead Strike Broadside. 32" x 44" broadside titled "At Homestead July 7, 1892" depicting Pinkerton agents and militias firing upon defenseless workers and their families while the Grim Reaper hovers overhead. The bottom reprints a telegram from Andrew Carnegie to Benjamin Harrison (actually a congratulatory message on his nomination as Republican Presidential candidate) and the incendiary statement that "Henry C. Frick has just Contributed $500,000 to the Republican Corruption Fund in New York." Printed by William C. Hollister of Chicago, ground central for radical labor groups. A great piece of campaign invective drawing upon the extended strike at Carnegie's Homestead [Pittsburgh] steel mill. The strike was precipitated by Frick (with the tacit blessing of Carnegie) in order to break the union. In fact, the strikers, victims of a shut-out and use of non-union replacement workers, were well-armed and outnumbered the Pinkertons sent to disperse them. Both sides suffered many casualties with the Pinkerton agents surrendering and escorted back to Pittsburgh. Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Whitelaw Reid pleaded with Frick to engage in negotiations with the union, as it was hurting Republican chances in the fall election, but to no avail. Democratic partisans quoted Benjamin Harrison as saying $1 a day for the workers was "enough for anyone", that workers should be forced to return to work at the point of a bayonet and that those who refused to go back should be "shot down like dogs." So, while this poster is misleading, it still works as a piece of propaganda. After numerous delays, Pennsylvania Governor Pattison sent in troops to disperse the strikers and restore order. Unfortunately for the union, Frick's plan worked perfectly and the unions were effectively destroyed.

    Condition: Some minor loss to top & bottom with edge chipping, as shown. Mounted to linen. Some faint lines of discoloration from prior tape repairs, mentioned for accuracy only. Light wear at folds. Overall, a clean, well-preserved example.


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