Carnegie Lecture, Fire Station Creative, 7.30pm Tuesday 28 November, 2017
To mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most notorious strikes in American history, the controversial Homestead dispute that took place in Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Steelworks in Pittsburgh in 1892, is the focus of a Carnegie lecture at Fire Station Creative.
From Chartist Roots to Labour Unrest; Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead dispute of 1892
Professor of Scottish History at Edinburgh University, Ewen Cameron, who lives in Dunfermline, and his colleague Dr Fabian Hilfrich, Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University in American History, will explore aspects of this strike and the factors that led to it taking place. The event is being chaired by Henry Mcleish. Professor Cameron will look at the working-class Chartist movement that had been prominent in Dunfermline in Carnegie’s youth in agitating for political reform. One of the lesser known facts about Andrew Carnegie is that he came from a very radical background, and his uncle, Tom Morrison, a noted orator, played a significant role in this organisation in Dunfermline, being arrested and charged for sedition in 1842.
Dr Hilfrich will cover the strike itself which was eventually broken by a force of 300 Pinkerton Detectives leaving three of the Pinkerton Detectives dead along with seven striking steelworkers. The event will be chaired by the former First Minister Henry Mcleish who in recent years has been a visiting professor at a number of Universities in the United States teaching UK government and politics.
Date: Tuesday 28 November
November. 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline
Tickets: £5 from Eventbrite