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008    170410s2017    nyua     b    001 0 eng   
010      2017014037 
020    9781620972380 (hc : alk. paper) 
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092    363.1196649|bSIM 
100 1  Simon, Bryant,|eauthor. 
245 14 The Hamlet Fire :|ba tragic story of cheap food, cheap 
       government, and cheap lives /|cBryant Simon. 
264  1 New York :|bThe New Press,|c2017. 
300    303 pages :|billustrations ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-291) and 
       index. 
520    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. 
610 20 Imperial Food Products.|bPlant (Hamlet, N.C.)|xFire, 1991.
650  0 Poultry plants|xFires and fire prevention|zNorth Carolina
       |zHamlet. 
650  0 Employers' liability|zNorth Carolina|zHamlet. 
650  0 Industrial safety|xGovernment policy|zUnited States. 
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