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EASTLAND: CHICAGO'S DEADLIEST DAY
The chilling 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.
Now, a winner of two 2020 Midwest Emmy Awards:
Best Historical Documentary
Best Music & Sound Design
AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD!
The original title of the PBS documentary was EASTLAND: Chicago's Deadliest Day, but changed for the national broadcast. The documentary DVD is being sold under the original title and is identical to the PBS broadcast, with the addition of bonus material. This 83 minute version is available for purchase on DVD for $19.95 or Digital Download for $9.95.
‘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.
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"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."