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Red Metal to be Screened at Calumet Theatre

by on November 13, 2013


A new documentary, Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913, is coming to the Calumet Theatre on December 6.  The film is also being aired on local PBS networks around the country.  Ticket and time information for the Calumet Theatre screening will be released soon and I will post it on the calendar of events.

The following synopsis of the film was taken from the Calumet Theatre website.


This film explores an epic labor strike that devastated Michigan’s Copper Country — and haunts the American labor movement to this day. Among the notable elements of that strike was the death of 73 children at a union Christmas party. That tragedy (attributed to strikebreakers yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded auditorium) was immortalized by Woody Guthrie in his ballad, ‘1913 Massacre,’ performed by Steve Earle in the film. The event, known as the Italian Hall Disaster, remains the deadliest unsolved manslaughter in US history. 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 related issues of immigration, technology, and unchecked corporate interests. Of equal significance is the strike’s cultural legacy, which influenced national discourse, music, and legislation during the Progressive Era and the New Deal. 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. TVPG

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