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An illustration from Harper’s Weekly, July 6, 1892, showing a Homestead mob “assailing Pinkerton men on their way to the temporary prison.”

After an extended conflict, Pinkerton detectives and strikers negotiated terms of a peace in which the detectives would surrender in return for their guaranteed safety. However, as the Pinkertons came onshore from their barges, they were beaten by Homestead men, women, and children who were standing nearby. This treatment would become the most discussed and condemned event of the strike.