Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 DVD

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Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 explores an epic labor strike that devastated Michigan's Copper Country - and haunts the American labor movement to this day. Produced and directed by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Silvers, the program traces the Copper Country strike from its hopeful start to that tragic conclusion. ... More
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Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 explores an epic labor strike that devastated Michigan's Copper Country - and haunts the American labor movement to this day. Produced and directed by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Silvers, the program traces the Copper Country strike from its hopeful start to that tragic conclusion. Between those endpoints, the film explores the intensifying battle between organized labor and corporate power, as well as the strike's cultural legacy, which influenced national discourse, music, and legislation during the Progressive Era and the New Deal.

Among the notable elements of the strike was the death of seventy-three children at a union Christmas Eve party, a tragedy immortalized by Woody Guthrie in his ballad ""1913 Massacre"" and performed by Steve Earle in the film. The event, known as the Italian Hall Disaster, remains the deadliest unsolved manslaughter in US history. As the centennial of the Italian Hall Disaster approaches, a new generation of Americans has begun paying tribute to the victims, while also deliberating the strike's causes, outcomes, and legacy.

Producer: Jonathan Silvers
Production Year: 2013
Copyright Year: 2013
Narrator: Richard Harris
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Summer H.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
08/10/21
Fascinating
Review by Summer H. on 08/10/21 review stating Fascinating
We have visited the Keewenau Peninsula many times, and have seen some of the buildings mentioned in the film. Seeing the full story is really interesting.
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Gail G.
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4.0 star rating
01/04/21
Red Metal - Tragic Dynamics of an Era
Review by Gail G. on 01/04/21 review stating Red Metal - Tragic Dynamics of an Era
My interest in viewing and then purchasing Red Metal centers around my familys history as my Dad was one of the children at the Christmas party. The story goes that an adult passed him out a window to someone, thus saving his life. This video version of the story effectively depicts the essential elements of the labor conditions and the relations between management and labor at the time. I would be interested in seeing some aspects of the video enhanced to provide more detail as to the role of outside forces and the working conditions. Definitely enjoyed the movie. Thanks for featuring it.
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Michigan W.
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5.0 star rating
01/04/21
The unvarnished truth about the strike
Review by Michigan W. on 01/04/21 review stating The unvarnished truth about the strike
This DVD explains the details of the strike through interviews with top historians on the subject. Loads of historic photographs and present-day images of Calumet bring the history to life and give it perspective a century after the disaster.
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Duggie
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5.0 star rating
01/04/21
Hope your children watch this....
Review by Duggie on 01/04/21 review stating Hope your children watch this....
The story of how the working man fought to have a better life for his family should be shown over and over, so that we never forgot the blessing that they have bestowed on us today...
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Diane
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Remembering a Too Often Forgotten Past
Review by Diane on 07/17/20 review stating Remembering a Too Often Forgotten Past
Too often the struggles of working people are forgotten in our era of laissez faire capitalism. This 100th anniversary tribute to the victims of the Italian Hall murders and the copper miners whose just cause the government, management and the police combined to betray is a welcome addition to labour history.


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