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    the Homestead Strike on July 6th, 1892 can be classified as one of the most dramatic incidents in the History of Labor and Capital. The workers and management maintained good relations. In 1889, a three year contract was renewed. However, when the contract was set to be renewed once again, management decided to step up production demands. Steel prices had dropped dramatically so Henry Frick, the manager, wanted to decrease his employees' wages. With the employees and Frick refusing to come to an agreement, he began locking workers out of parts of the factory. Workers openly expressed their determination to be the only ones operating on the Carnegie works. The workers had already asked for a dollar more in their wages, however…

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    The Homestead Act of 1862 was an act that U.S. citizens and immigrants opportunities to own their own land and start over in life. This act offered 160 acres of land to settlers that were willing to settle on open land west of the Mississippi River. Once the Homestead Act was passed, many people started to settle the western United States. These settlers were able to change the frontier into a large domain of farmland. The U.S. was able to protect their proprietary claims in what was known as…

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    The Homestead lockout and strike of 1892 had a big impact on the labor movement of the late 19th century. The misapplication of Darwinian thought is used to explain the misuse of free market techniques. Based on the lecture given in class, Social Darwinism was developed by British philosopher Herbert Spencer who applied Charles Darwin’s theory of biological evolution to society. It is described as a process that came as a result of competition where the strong succeeded and the weak died.…

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    Homestead Strike Thesis

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    The Homestead Strike of July 1892 the American Federation of Labor of Iron and Steelworkers had refused to take the pay cuts and went on strike in Homestead, Pennsylvania. In return the president of the Carnegie Steel Company Henry C. Frick decided to close the plant and hired three hundred guards from the Pinkerton Detective Agency to protect the factory. After five long months the strikers of Homestead gave in and returned back to work. The Homestead Strike of July 1892 was an important event…

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    1862 Homestead Act

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    The 1862 Homestead Act. A homestead bill passed the House in 1858 but was defeated by one vote in the Senate; the next year, a similar bill passed both houses but was vetoed by President James Buchanan. Before the Civil War, the southern states had regularly voted against homestead legislation because they correctly foresaw that the law would hasten the settlement of western territory, ultimately adding to the number and political influence of the free states. This opposition to the homestead…

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    Homesteading In Montana

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    Homesteading in Montana became a way of life in 1862, several citizens from all around fled to Montana to claim land and began farming and ranching. Although this might sound easy there were many stipulations and processes in order to make homesteading possible. From families, wives, operations and much more led into the boom. “The ready available of free or inexpensive land and the new methods of dry farming made the Montana homestead boom possible” (Malone, Roeder and Lang 238). “Three…

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    The Homestead Act, which became law in May of 1862, allowed any American citizen to clam 160 acres of land for free. This act opened up the opportunity for families to move west and begin settlement of Western territories. It may seem simple, but this Act made it very easy for people to move west, and quickened the settlement of the Western United States. Before the Civil War, similar acts to the Homestead Act were proposed in the government multiple times, but never passed. Oftentimes, the…

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    After the end of the American Civil War, the three reforms, consisting of the Homestead Act; Pacific Railway Act; and the Land-Grant Act, began to take affect strongly throughout the nation. Along with these acts came with the Industrial Revolution that took root throughout the nation, propelling the U.S. to the world stage with Great Britain, France, and the North German Confederation. With this rapid development in technology came the demand for cheap labor to operate it, and impoverished…

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    Homestead farming refers to the crop production in small holdings adjacent to the human settlement; it is the oldest and most enduring form of cultivation. As these small farming units mostly depend on family labour they are also called as family farming system (Ninez, 1987). The food basket of any country is served by these small family farming units. For example, in India, the small and marginal farmers constitute 84.97 percent operating in an area of 44.31 percent (Govt. of India, 2012). The…

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    Willa Cather entwines the historical dimension of the Homestead Act throughout her novel O Pioneers. Alexandra Bergson and her family must overcome many obstacles to accomplish successful farming in the Middle West. Cather uses the main character, Alexandra, to portray the great feat taken in order to continually learn how to cultivate the rugged land and make it into flourishing farmland. Alexandra followed her father’s wishes in taking care of the farm— a task that was uncertain to be…

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