Buffalo’s Voices of Steel on WXXI-TV

Buffalo’s Voices of Steel on WXXI-TV

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 9:00pm

Credit: WNED.org

Buffalo's steel industry in the mid -to- late 20th century and the people behind it.

Former steelworkers from Western New York were key players in a dynamic era of a booming blue-collar community. By sharing their memories in Buffalo’s Voices of Steel, they honor the contributions of all who labored for the industrial giants that drove the mid- to late-20th century American economy. Airing Friday, December 10 at 9 p.m. on WXXI - TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), this thoughtful documentary is both history and oral history, featuring personal, often poignant recollections while documenting a culture that could have thrived in any “Steeltown, USA.”

The film presents the pros and cons of a defining time and place ― from the dangerous yet desirable job of making steel, to issues of workers’ rights, racial discrimination, and upward mobility. It also considers the broader connections: among the workers; between the plants and the neighborhoods; and within the hearts of those left behind when the industry collapsed.

Buffalo’s Voices of Steel tells how an industry helped to forge “The American Dream.” Well-paying jobs offered middle-class prosperity and opportunity for steelworkers and their families — a house and a car, summer vacations, and college educations for the next generation. Ultimately, the film is about people and communities ― and a legacy of friendship and camaraderie forged by hard work and common bonds.



Buffalo's Voives of steel

May I purchase a copy of the film? My father is in the film and would love to show it to my children.

Unfortunately we do not have

Unfortunately we do not have this DVD available, however, the film was produced in Buffalo by WNED and they may be able to help you. You can contact them at:

Horizons Plaza
P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, New York 14240-1263

Phone: 716-845-7000

You can also learn more about this documentary on their website at http://www.wned.org/...

I hope this helps.

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