Book Discussion on Ship Ablaze

Mr. O’Donnell talked about his book, Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum, published by Broadway… read more

Mr. O’Donnell talked about his book, Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum, published by Broadway Books. He showed slides and described the events of June 15, 1904, when more than 1,300 residents of the Lower East Side of New York City boarded the steamship General Slocum for a church excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. A fire started minutes into the trip, forcing many of the terrified passengers into the water in an era when relatively few Americans knew how to swim. He said that by the time the captain landed the steamship 1,021 people, most of them women and children, had perished. Mr. O’Donnell also drew parallels to September 11, comparing the heroic rescue attempts, the search to recover bodies and the controversial distribution of relief funds. After his presentation the author answered audience members' questions. close

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Book Discussion on Ship Ablaze

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Program ID:
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Public Affairs Event
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 30, 2003
Last Aired:
Dec 21, 2003

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  • Aug 30, 2003 | 9:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 31, 2003 | 2:48pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 14, 2003 | 6:07am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 21, 2003 | 4:15pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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