My name is Michelle Smawley and I produce a TV Series About Little Known Aspects of American History. I run a historical series for a website and we're looking for more fodder for our historical series about little known persons of interest and events. All of our stories must also have some sort of policy correlation. A recent example would be the Great Molasses Disaster of Boston. Here's a snippet below from Wikipedia.
The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses.
The story is perfect example of what we are looking for because it's interesting and so so few people know about it. It was also one of the longest running civil cases and opened up the gates for government regulation of business. If you have any ideas that you think would work please feel free to send along, you can reach me at Smawley@hotmail.com.
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