Bill HammerMan Steel Worker
HISTORY OF THE STEEL WORKERS IN 1857
The origin of the steel industry came from the search for a better material to make tools for the textile industry. Steel is harder than iron but less heavy. The development of steam engines in Europe, after Watt’s invention, made possible the use of steel in the textile industry. In 1857, the English were the leaders in the steel industry.
The steel industry in England reached its point of maturity in 1853. Thereafter, it began to face a number of problems, including low demand from the textile industry, overproduction, low prices, and excessive competition. At the same time, in North America, steel mills were being built in Pittsburgh, on the east coast.
In 1854, English workers went on strike for two days in the steel mills.