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In 1832, 57 young men from Ireland boarded a ship to America, leaving behind an impoverished country in hopes of a better life. They arrived healthy and ready to work. Eight weeks later all 57 men were dead. Did they all die due to a cholera pandemic as was widely believed? Or, were some of them murdered?
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PBSSecrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD
 
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exciting History

By History Buff

from The Jersey Shore

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Comments about PBS Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD:

Exciting story by dedicated scholars. The reenactments were very well done! Opened my eyes to a story I had never heard before.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fascinating story

By RailFan005

from Chester County, PA

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Comments about PBS Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD:

Death on the Railroad makes a significant contribution to railroad history. All those involved should be applauded for their efforts. The producers did a great job telling the story and getting it right for those unfortunate track laborers who died so long ago.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great detective story

By Mick-Genealogist

from Pennsylvania

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Comments about PBS Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD:

This was a really interesting show. Unlike so many other shows on TV where nothing gets found and the viewer is let down, these gentlemen actually found what they were looking for in this show, after 180 years. Anyone into Irish history and genealogy should watch this.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Episode

By Irish Ironman

from New Jersey

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Comments about PBS Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD:

This is a very well researched and filmed episode. Every Irish-American knows that things like this (Duffy's Cut) happened, despite on-going negation by some folks. Thanks to the researchers for their tireless efforts to bring this story to light.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent episode

By HistoryTitan

from PA

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Comments about PBS Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad DVD:

This is an excellent episode. There is actually quite a bit on this story in print already, including a book, pieces by CNN, NPR, Smithsonian, BBC, RTE, NY Times, Wall Street Journal. The hour-long documentary is an abbreviated version of a very complicated story. However, the documentary storyline is well conceived and well executed. To correct some comments below about precisely whose remains were excavated, these scholars (with PhDs--ie, not enthusiatic amatuers) have identified the site of the mass grave based on documentary evidence, as reported in the railroad sources. Their identification of the dig site with the railroad work site described in ninteenth century railroad sources is clearly discussed in the documentary. From what I've read, there was no other mass grave ever reported at that site. It was owned by the railroad. No one could have been buried in an 1832 railroad fill BEFORE 1832 (ie, before the structure was completed), and no one could have been buried in it AFTER the railroad started running over it in 1834. This chronological fact is apparent in the documentary. It is an excellent episode, of interest to railroaders and those interested in Irish-American history.

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