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The Day That Shook Georgia

Season 9 Episode 901 | 21m 10s

In 1971, one of the worst industrial tragedies in U.S. history shook rural Southeast Georgia. The victims were predominantly Black women, manufacturing trip flares for the Vietnam War. Over 50 years later, survivors and first responders shed new light on the bravery and sacrifice of that day, and a grassroots campaign seeks to award the victims with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Aired: 04/07/24 | Expires: 07/31/24
Support for Reel South is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media and by SouthArts.
Extras
Juan Mancias fights for access to Boca Chica, an important cultural site for his tribe.
Joyce Dugan recalls her resolution to purchase land that was important to the EBCI.
Cecil Taylor shares his family history of tobacco farming.
For the Whites, supporting Black farmers is a family tradition.
The Rio Grande is plagued by drought, taking away a source of cultural connection.
Indigenous and Mexican ancestors explore the history and disappearance of the Rio Grande.
How the Eastern Band of Cherokee reclaimed their land.
A Black scientist in Arkansas guides farmers through agricultural challenges.
A Black farmer in Virginia wrestles with tradition and the changing needs of the economy.
With eyes toward space, Texas restricts access to an otherworldly beach.
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With eyes toward space, Texas restricts access to an otherworldly beach.
A Black scientist in Arkansas guides farmers through agricultural challenges.
Indigenous and Mexican ancestors explore the history and disappearance of the Rio Grande.
How the Eastern Band of Cherokee reclaimed their land.
A Black farmer in Virginia wrestles with tradition and the changing needs of the economy.
Out of time and money, a newspaper editor fights to keep her paper alive in rural Texas.
The only doctor in Clay County Georgia must confront the possibility of losing her clinic.
A historian revisits the oral history of a 1920s school teacher in the Mississippi Delta.
Marshallese migrants in Arkansas explore the US nuclear legacy.
Members of a rural Virginia town are exposed to contamination from a nearby Army plant.