The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
War, Depression, War
1915 to 1950 

World Wars I & II led to greatly increased production in the steel industry. The Great Depression led to the opposite. War and the economic depression in-between caused high labor turnover in the steel industry, which worsened workplace safety. The spirit of patriotism during war and the fear of making it through the depression both stifled labor rebellions during this era. The United States Congress worked to regulate child labor laws in the 1930s & 1940s.

Photograph: Punch Shop Gang, Lukens Steel Company, early 1900s — National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum