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PBS American Experience: Triangle Fire

PBS American Experience: Triangle Fire

PBS American Experience: Triangle Fire: March, 1911. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company, located on a corner of Manhattans Washington Square, was in many ways representative of the now infamous sweat shops that exploited young immigrants to the city. Poor wages, long hours, and unsafe working conditions had been protested months before by the largest work stoppage in New York history up to that time. While the strike made some gains, many problems persisted, and when a deadly fire broke out within the Triangle workshop, the death toll made the need for reform brutally real. In this documentary for PBS, director producer Jamila Wignot, and executive producer Mark Samels examine the relationship between New Yorks social divisions, political corruption, the industrialists quest for profit, the human rights of workers, and the emergence of the labor movement. Delving into the archives of survivor interviews, photographs, films, and written accounts, the narrative personalizes the struggle, aided by insightful commentary from historians. Most of the Triangle workers were young immigrant women wondering why they were deprived of their share of the American Dream. Extensive footage of the factory work rooms, and of the ruthless treatment of picketers, lead up to the fire itself, which broke out on March 25. Five hundred people occupied the factory that day, and while three quarters escaped, the plight of the victims left helpless is graphically presented. In 45 minutes, 146 people died because of safety violations, in spite of the efforts of fire personnel, which are also well documented. Not surprisingly, the tragedy prompted horror and outrage from the public, which had been well informed about workers complaints in previous months, and which willingly contributed to relief efforts for the families left behind. Finally, the impact of the tragedy, immense public pressure for safety and labor reforms on the local, state, and federal levels, is covered. Powerful and compelling.

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Sid Vicious Shoot Interview Volume 2

Sid Vicious Shoot Interview Volume 2

Sid Vicious Shoot Interview Volume 2: Has it really been ten long years since Sid Vicious sat down for an exclusive shoot interview. Well, hes back and we got Sid to finally breaks his silence on what happened when he broke his leg in one of the most hideous looking accidents in WCW. This interview picks up right where our last interview left off and we cover Sids career to date, and trust us, it was a huge homerun. Fans of quality shoots are going to love this one! We talked about Sids arrival into the heart of extreme when he joined ECW. Sid went in-depth concerning his thoughts on everything ECW including, Paul Heyman, working with Bubba and the backstage environment. We get the full answer on how Sid wound up back in WCW and whether or not there were any further issues with WCW agent Arn Anderson. We get all the dirt on the backstage drama in WCW and WWE including the alleged failed steroid test in 1992. We know you want to hear about all the stars and Sid delivers in a big way. Sid talked about being teamed with Randy Savage and what it was like to work with Kevin Nash, Sting, Scott Hall, Chris Benoit, Terry Funk, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger and many, many more. Sid gives his thoughts on Vince Russo, the problems he had with working with guys such as Scott Steiner and Ultimate Warrior, putting over Chris Benoit the night before the Crippler quit WCW, why WCW went out of business, and why Sid never signed with TNA along with many other topics, As a main event star in every promotion hes been in ? including ECW, WCW, and WWE during the 90s - Sid has been around just about every big name in the business and has no problem dishing the dirt! As an exciting bonus, we got Sid to talk about the new Four Horseman DVD and you wont believe what he has to say on the comments made by Ric Flair! This is one DVD everyone will be talking about!

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