Report on the Steel Strike of 1919

Report on the Steel Strike of 1919

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Report on the Steel Strike of 1919

Report on the Steel Strike of 1919

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The steel strike of September 22, 1919, to January 7, 1920, in one sense, is not over. The main issues were not settled. The causes still remain. Moreover, both causes and issues remain uncomprehended by the nation. The strike, although the largest in point of numbers in the history of the country up to the first date, exhibited this extraordinary phase; the basic facts concerning the work and lives of the 300,000 strikers were never comprehensively discovered to the public.

The strike's real issues were swallowed up in other issues, some just as real as the actual causes of the strike, some unreal but in general quite characteristic of American industrial development.

Moreover the little-known working conditions, which caused the strike, persist in the steel industry. Also the engulfing circumstances, nationally characteristic, persist.

The Following report, therefore, in attempting to analyze and publish the facts, though belated, finds peculiar justification in a central phase of the strike and of conditions left after the strike. If the steel industry is to find a peaceable way out of its present state, it must do so on the basis of a general understanding of such facts as are here set forth. If the country is to find peaceable ways out of the present industrial tension it must find them through an enlightened . . .

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