EASTLAND: CHICAGO'S DEADLIEST DAY
The compelling story of how hundreds of immigrant factory workers and their families, setting out for leisurely summer cruise, died aboard a heavily loaded steamship that tipped over while still tied to the dock in downtown Chicago....
...and how the rich and powerful who were responsible got away with it.
First-generation relatives of victims recount how the tragedy affected their families for decades while original court documents dug out of the National Archives reveal that the Eastland’s owners knew of the ship’s stability problems months before the disaster - yet rolled the dice as innocent immigrant passengers boarded on July 24, 1915, for a Western Electric company picnic.
‘Eastland’ documentary profiles heroes and villains of the 1915 Chicago River disaster
"Most of us don’t know about the heroes and the villains that were created by the deadliest maritime accident in the history of the Great Lakes. Most of us don’t know about the events leading up to this entirely preventable tragedy, and the scandalous aftermath.
New film remembers the SS Eastland and the day 844 died in the Chicago River
A New Documentary Revisits the Eastland Disaster
"According to Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day, the Eastland disaster can teach us a lot about ethnicity and class in Gilded Age America. Both help explain why it happened, why the boat’s owners were never held accountable, and why it’s been forgotten."
Feder: New Eastland documentary recalls 'Chicago's Deadliest Day'
"The 83-minute film features rare, previously censored newsreel footage from the scene, state-of-the-art computer graphics demonstrating how the ship rolled over, and interviews with more than 30 subjects, including three authors of books on the disaster."
The Day Chicago Wept
"Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day might make you angry, too. At the very least, the 85-minute documentary forged with a team of North Shore filmmakers and funded by the Chicago Marine Heritage Society will reveal how Chicago’s heart was broken that day."