The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Overview

In the early years of the twentieth century, conditions were harsh in factories all over New York City, but they proved devastating at one in particular. On March 25, 1911, a fast-moving fire destroyed the top three floors of the building in which the Triangle Shirtwaist factory was located. One hundred and forty-six young women and several men died in the worst workplace disaster to take place in the United States to that date. Cluttered and unsanitary conditions in the factory contributed to the blaze, but what...

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Overview

In the early years of the twentieth century, conditions were harsh in factories all over New York City, but they proved devastating at one in particular. On March 25, 1911, a fast-moving fire destroyed the top three floors of the building in which the Triangle Shirtwaist factory was located. One hundred and forty-six young women and several men died in the worst workplace disaster to take place in the United States to that date. Cluttered and unsanitary conditions in the factory contributed to the blaze, but what fueled the public's outrage was the failure of the factory's owners to establish and maintain a safe working environment in the first place. The fire at the Triangle factory inspired dozens of reforms and spurred legislation to enforce workplace safety. It also contributed to an awakening attitude of social awareness and responsibility nationwide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096413
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Great Historic Disasters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Tragedy at the Factory     7
Immigration and Life on the Lower East Side     11
Industry in America     24
Early Attempts at Workplace Reform     35
Workplace Struggles Before the Fire     46
Day of Tragedy     56
The Fire's Aftermath     64
The Fire's Legacy     75
One Historic Day: Decades of Changes     87
Chronology     95
Glossary     100
Bibliography     104
Further Reading     105
Picture Credits     106
Index     107
About the Author     112
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