The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Immigrant Steelworkers
"I came from Krakow, Poland. The bosses did not understand me. They did not appreciate my customs, my religion, even my food. Polish life seemed strange to them ... Danger always hung over our heads. Cuts and bruises caught those unaware. Dangling cauldrons, broken chains, explosions, and falling ingots killed."

"The Pittsburgh Press': 1937, interview with a retired steelworker

Photograph: Italian Steel Worker, Crucible Steel Company, January 1940 — Library of Congress