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Sketch of the Homestead Strike, 1892
This 1892 drawing from Illustrated Weekly depicts the labor troubles at Homestead, Pennsylvania, and the "Attack of the strikers and their sympathizers on the surrendered Pinkerton men"

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Detective Allan Pinkerton Was Born in Glasgow, Scotland
August 25, 1819

After the war, in 1865, Pinkerton resumed management of his detective agency. By this time, the U.S. Secret Service had been established to fight counterfeiting. By 1901, its mission included protecting the president. In the late 1800s, Pinkerton guards and agents played an unpopular role as strike breakers. The agency had a harsh policy toward labor unions. Pinkerton said that he was helping the men by opposing unions. Union activists couldn't disagree more. Confrontations resulted and sometimes became violent. The Secret Service still plays an important role in Washington, D.C., as do detective agencies. Have you ever imagined being a detective?
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