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5,240.  It was something straight out of a Victorian industrial nightmare.  I just found it completely dangerous and it was.  You can see from the film they are not wearing any safety kit, no helmets, no safety jackets; they are wondering around the place in their shirt sleeves and flat caps.  They probably thought it was woosy to wear a helmet.  I found them very hard.  Crusty.  Quite bitter really.  Working in the steel mill was a grim experience that they did for the gash.  I think it was to do with kind of feeling left out of mainstream civilised development, and they were left to do the dirty work.  And people thought badly of them.  Despite doing the dirty work.  (Work & Steel & Working Class)  Lionel Took, interview Kirsty Young, The British at Work: Them and Us 1964-1980, subject of 1967 BBC documentary of young person experiencing working life in steel mill

 

 

5,768.  By 1,000 B.C. steel is being made in India.  (Evolution & Steel & India & Human Being)  Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1973 4/13: The Hidden Structure

 

 

11,642.  Steel is just stuff.  (Art & Steel)  Anthony Caro

 

 

20,031.  Michael, we’re bigger than US Steel.  (GBH Films & Steel & Mafia)  The Godfather II 1974 starring Robert De Niro & Al Pacino & Robert Duvall & Diane Keaton & Talia Shire & Morgana King & John Cazale & Marianna Hill & Lee Strasberg et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Hyman Roth

 

 

28,483.  [Andrew] Carnegie is the first ever to mass produce steel.  In America prices plummet by over 80%.  Output rockets from a few thousand tons in 1860 to eleven million by 1900.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  America: The Story of the US: Cities e7

 

 

28,853.  Carnegie understood the value of the new [steel] technology and began to adapt it.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  The Men who Built America III: A Rivalry is Born

 

28,854.  Over the next few years over 100,000 new buildings were erected in Chicago alone ... built with Carnegie's steel.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution & Building)  ibid.

 

28,855.  [Henry] Frick’s first job was to get Carnegie's steel working more efficiently.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

 

28,856.  Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick: together they have driven Carnegie Steel to massive profits.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution & Profit)  The Men who Built America IV: Blood is Spilt

 

28,857.  When the waters stopped more than two thousand people had died.  (United States & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

28,858.  John D Rockefeller was worth three times as much as Carnegie.  (United States & Rockefeller & Steel & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

28,859.  Unions were relatively new in America, and Frick wasn’t about to let them take root on his watch.  (United States & Steel & Trade Union & Industrial Action & Strike & Industry & Industrial Revolution & Strike)  ibid.

 

28,860.  Two-thousand steel workers barricaded the front of the plant to prevent Frick bringing in replacements.  (United States & Steel & Trade Union & Strike & Industrial Action & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

28,861.  The public’s outrage was escalating.  (United States & Steel & Trade Union & Strike & Industrial Action & Industry & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

 

28,862.  Carnegie: his company and his reputation were under threat.  (United States & Steel)  The Men who Built America V: A New Rival Emerges

 

 

28,877.  One out of every eleven steel workers would die while on the job.  (United States & Steel)  The Men who Built America VII: Taking the White House

 

 

31,184.  Sheffield was Steel City.  At the time of the Great Exhibition it produced half the quantity of steel produced in the entire world ... Five million tons in 1900.  (England & Great Britain & Steel & Industrial Revolution)  Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians: Having It All

 

 

53,570.  The Lake District isn’t really an area most people associate with our industrial past and heavy industry.  Once upon a time round Workington and Barrow in Furnace there were great industrial centres and they mined iron ore in the hundreds of tons, and it were some of the best iron ore in all of England.  You know.  Alas, it’s all gone.  (Iron & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Steel & Engineering)  Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain e3: The Source of Iron

 

53,571.  All the ore mined at the Florence mine came here to the Workington steel works where is were converted by Bessemer converters into steel to manufacture railway lines.  (Iron & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Steel & Engineering)  ibid.

 

 

53,572.  We’re now in Falkirk which of course was the place where the industrial revolution in Scotland all started.  And here there is a great iron foundry called the Carron Iron Works that were opened in 1760.  After thirty years it employed a thousand men and became the biggest iron smelting plant in the whole of Europe.  (Iron & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & Scotland & Steel & Engineering)  Fred Dinah’s Made in Britain e4: Castings 

 

53,573.  In 1950 there were more than two-hundred foundries like this in central Scotland.  Now this is one of the only ones left.  (Iron & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & Scotland & Steel & Engineering)  ibid.

 

 

53,598.  A hundred years ago when Fred’s engine was built there were over five thousand forges like this all over Britain.  Now there are no more than a hundred.  (Steel & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Industry & Engineering)  Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain e6: The Road to Steel City e6

 

53,599.  It’s a museum that tells the story of early steel making here in Sheffield – Abbeydale industrial hamlet.  (Steel & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Industry & Engineering)  ibid.

 

 

111,967.  ‘Up until the 1850s they only really cast-iron, you know.  And they really needed something a bit tougher.  And along came Henry Bessemer in 1855 and he invented this thing – a giant eggcup.’  (Steel & Iron & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam, Steel and Stone e1: The Industrial Landscape, BBC 2006  

 

 

53,584.  Bloke admiring smoky town:  So this is smoke dale ...

 

Bloke with pipe:  Half a million people live there.  A town of steel.  The Big Melt – How Steel Made Us Hard: Storyville, BBC 2014 *****

 

53,585.  World without steel – that’s a thought.  ibid.

 

 

53,586.  The Steel Corporation has virtually no money.  It is almost bankrupt.  Keith Joseph, televised interview 

 

 

53,587.  The American people will find it hard as I do to accept a situation in which a tiny handful of steel executives whose pursuit of private power and private profit exceeds their sense of public responsibility can show such utter contempt for the interests of a hundred and eighty-five million Americans.  John F Kennedy

 

 

53,588.  A few gigantic corporations have decided to increase prices in ruthless disregard for their public responsibilities.  John F Kennedy

 

 

53,589.  Some time ago I asked each American to consider what he would do for his country.  And I asked the steel companies in the last twenty-four hours.  We have their answer.  John F Kennedy

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