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  • THE LAST GREAT STRIKE

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY: MAY 1937


As Possibility of Strike Looms, Steel Companies Prepare for War

By May 5, 1937, with a steel strike looming, the sheriff of Mahoning County, Ohio (where Youngstown is located) had sworn in 214 deputies. Fifty-seven were on Republic Steel’s payroll and 114 on Sheet & Tube's. Between May 6 and May 25, he swore in another 168 of the companies’ employees as deputies. Meanwhile, Republic shipped over $16,000 worth of munitions, mainly gas weapons, to the sheriff’s department; this would be about $270,000 in today's dollars.

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