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The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

The Hamlet Fire A Tragic Story of Cheap Food Cheap Government and Cheap Lives It is testament to Simon s reportorial instincts and research that he has found this sprawling story in the detritus of that now forgotten fire His trail from that day through poultry economics to a c

  • Title: The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives
  • Author: Bryant Simon
  • ISBN: 9781620972380
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is testament to Simon s reportorial instincts and research that he has found this sprawling story in the detritus of that now forgotten fire His trail from that day through poultry economics to a core of new American values is captivating and brilliantly conceived, and will provide readers with insights into our current national politics The Washington Post Fo It is testament to Simon s reportorial instincts and research that he has found this sprawling story in the detritus of that now forgotten fire His trail from that day through poultry economics to a core of new American values is captivating and brilliantly conceived, and will provide readers with insights into our current national politics The Washington Post For decades, the small, quiet town of Hamlet, North Carolina, thrived thanks to the railroad But by the 1970s, it had become a postindustrial backwater, a magnet for businesses searching for cheap labor with little or almost no official oversight One of these businesses was Imperial Food Products The company paid its workers a dollar above the minimum wage to stand in pools of freezing water for hours on end, scraping gobs of fat off frozen chicken breasts before they got dipped in battered and fried into golden brown nuggets and tenders If a worker complained about the heat or the cold or missed a shift to take care of their children or went to the bathroom too often they were fired But they kept coming back to work because Hamlet was a place where jobs were scarce Then, on the morning of September 3, 1991, the day after Labor Day, this factory that had never been inspected burst into flame Twenty five people many of whom were black women with children, living on their own perished that day behind the plant s locked and bolted doors.Eighty years after the Triangle Shirtwaist 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 disturbing social autopsy of this town, this factory, and this time that shows how cheap labor, cheap government, and cheap food came together in a way that was bound for tragedy.

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    1. I remember the tragedy at the heart of The Hamlet Fire. It was all over the news for a short while, shocking the nation with the callous employer who ordered factory doors locked, killing twenty-five people out of greed. It was reminiscent of the Triangle Fire that shifted American attitudes toward labor and employers’ obligations to their workers. There was no such shift after The Hamlet Fire and much of that is explained by the book’s subtitle: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Governmen [...]

    2. Well researched, thought provoking and easy to read. America today seems to focus on getting more by paying less and not thinking about the hidden costs behind low prices. The Hamlet Fire digs deep into those externalities. This is "a book about a fire in 1991 in a chicken processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina, where John Coltrane was born, and where twenty-five people died behind locked doors." This is a book about "deregulation, monopoly control over labor markets, and mass economic and p [...]

    3. This is a very good book, well researched & well written. It seems to me to cover some of the same ground as Strangers in Their Own Land but whereas in Strangers, the threat was industrial pollution & the fall guy was the EPA, in Hamlet, unsafe working conditions are the culprit & OSHA the patsy. This is a book about people unlucky enough to be born in the wrong place with the wrong color & the wrong parents are short changed from birth to death. Furthermore, the disease is highl [...]

    4. Very well written account of a devastating industrial fire at a North Carolina chicken processing plant in 1991, with an underlying belief by the author that the REAL cause of the fire was the gradual dissolution of the social contract/New Deal/union labor and replacement with deregulation and the ideology of cheap, the latter creating a burgeoning poor class and trapping them.As a student of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (which the author discusses near the end), I could not help compare this ev [...]

    5. I have studied and taught the basic facts about this emergency for years. The author brought to light some of the things that the government reviews and studies have not. I remember working for companies with these sorts of problems as a consultant. Some wanted to change, some only hired me because they were forced to do so. It was a well written enlightening book. I found it to be two books actually. Both were well written. One book focused on the chicken industry and the hazards of cheap proce [...]

    6. The story of the Hamlet fire is and interesting one. At times reading this book I felt like I was being beaten over the head with raw statistics. Sometimes I longed for Simon to draw a conclusion or state an opinion. If not from Simon, than please from those people detailed in the book, if only to give me something to agree or disagree with. This really only comes in the epilogue.The dry sections aside, there is an important tale told by this book, bigger than the problems with industrial chicke [...]

    7. Bryant Simon uses the tragedy of a fire at a Hamlet, NC chicken factory in 1991 that killed a number of workers due to unsafe working conditions to discuss issues that still exist today. The pursuit of cheap food, profit, deregulation, lax oversight, and the view that certain people are disposable all led to this tragedy, and continue to persist over 25 years later. It's an infuriating book that helped continue to degrade my view of humanity. Ultimately though it's a bit scattered and the vario [...]

    8. Fascinating look into the tragedy of the Imperial Food fire. The author highlights the true cost of cheap food, cheap labor and racism that is embedded into our culture. I highly recommend this book. The story is disturbing and engrossing at the same time.

    9. Powerful story-- very easy to read history of a tragic event and all of the social forces surrounding it, from race to labor.

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