The Resource The Hamlet Fire : a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives, Bryant Simon

The Hamlet Fire : a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives, Bryant Simon

Label
The Hamlet Fire : a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives
Title
The Hamlet Fire
Title remainder
a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives
Statement of responsibility
Bryant Simon
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Just over twenty-five years ago, on the day after Labor Day, a chicken processing factory in Hamlet, North Carolina, burst into flames. The blaze immediately created a wall of heat and split the factory in half. Twenty-five people--eighteen of whom were women, twelve of whom were black--perished behind the plant's bolted doors. In previous decades, Hamlet had thrived thanks to the railroad. But by the 1970s, it was a postindustrial backwater, a magnet for businesses searching for cheap labor and little oversight. One of these businesses was Imperial Food Products, which paid its workers a dollar above the nation's paltry minimum wage--then $4.25 an hour--to scrape gobs of fat off frozen chicken breasts before they were battered and fried into golden-brown tenders. If a worker complained about the pace of the line or missed a shift to take care of children or went to the bathroom too often they were fired. But workers kept quiet and kept coming back because jobs were scarce. Eighty years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, industrial disasters were supposed to have been a thing of the past. After spending several years talking to local residents, state officials, and survivors of the fire, award-winning historian Bryant Simon has written a vivid, potent, and gripping work of narrative nonfiction .... The Hamlet Fire is a disturbing social autopsy of a town, a nation, and a time that shows how cheap labor, cheap government, and cheap food came together in a way that was bound for tragedy."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Simon, Bryant
Dewey number
363.11/9664930975634
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
TH9449.H2
LC item number
S56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imperial Food Products
  • Poultry plants
  • Employers' liability
  • Industrial safety
Label
The Hamlet Fire : a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives, Bryant Simon
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hamlet -- Silence -- Chicken -- Labor -- Bodies -- Deregulation -- Endings
Control code
ocn974699690
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781620972380
Lccn
2017014037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027443573
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)974699690
Label
The Hamlet Fire : a tragic story of cheap food, cheap government, and cheap lives, Bryant Simon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hamlet -- Silence -- Chicken -- Labor -- Bodies -- Deregulation -- Endings
Control code
ocn974699690
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781620972380
Lccn
2017014037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027443573
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)974699690

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