To bring issues of economic development, labor rights and Pittsburgh history to the attention of students and community members by producing the professional-caliber film “Steel Town,” an 18- minute period piece drama that brings to life the events leading up to the 1892 Homestead Strike.

The inspiration for this film stems from an appreciation for the strength of character of individuals on both sides of the conflict, including the rags-to-riches robber barons of the Gilded Age, like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, and the blue-collar champions of the workers, like strike leader Hugh O’Donnell. We wish to remind audiences of the heroism embedded in the nameless Pittsburgh steelworkers whose backbreaking work shaped our country westward and skyward.By presenting the story as a dramatic film with high production quality, we aim to prompt an important dialogue on the relationship between capital and labor.

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