The Triangle Fire

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Overview

On March 25, 1911, 146 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City were killed in the span of a few minutes because no provision had been made for their safety in the event of fire. The Cornell edition of Leon Stein's 1962 account features 16 illustrations, some never before published. A new introduction by the journalist William Greider makes clear that accounts of dangerous workplaces and sweatshop conditions are still all-too-relevant today, ninety years after the fire. The story of the catastrophe and the doomed Triangle Shirtwaist workers, as told by one of the great labor journalists, will not soon be forgotten.

About the Authors:
The late Leon Stein was the editor of Justice, the official publication of the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union. He was also the author of Out of the Sweatshop: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy.

William Greider, national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine, is author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.

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"Stein recreates the tragic events of the fire in all their dramatic intensity. His moving account is a work of dedication."—New York Times Book Review

"Stein suggests that the fire alerted the public to shocking working conditions all over the city and helped the unions organize the clothing industry, but his good taste keeps him from selling the reader any silver lining. A by-product of the careful research that has gone into this excellent narrative is an interesting sketch of the hard lives and times of working girls in the days when the business of America was business."—The New Yorker

"With commendable restraint, Stein uses newspapers, official documents, and the evidence of survivors to unfold a story made more harrowing by the unemotional simplicity of its narration."—Library Journal

"Leon Stein's gripping narrative of the Triangle tragedy is one of the classics of American history. As the grandson of a onetime Triangle seamstress, I salute the reissue of a book that anyone who cares about labor, past or present, should read."—Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801487149
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1
1. Fire 11
2. Trap 22
3. Eighth 30
4. Tenth 43
5. Ninth 51
6. Escape 67
7. Night 73
8. Day 89
9. Morgue 95
Part 2
10. Guilt 113
11. Help 122
12. Protest 134
13. Dirge 147
14. Shirtwaist 158
15. Protection 169
16. Justice 177
17. Phoenix 204
18. Fire 213
Postscript 215
Index 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Labor at a crisis point

    Leon Stein is a marvelous story-teller, who in THE TRIANGLE FIRE, shows incredible restraint. Given his pro-union, pro-labor background, you can almost hear him checking himself--holding back from screaming at an anti-labor era in America that caused so many needless deaths and injuries. Published on, roughly, the 50th anniversary of the disaster, Stein presents a story of young immigrant girls standing up against sweatshop atrocities, only to find themselves, in the case of the girls laboring at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, pushed further down. The account of the disaster is appropriately harrowing. William Greider's introduction, although occassionally heavy-handed, makes the reader wonder how much things have improved now that we are almost marking the 100th anniversary of that awful day. Also, it would be worthwhile to read this in conjunction with David von Driehle's superb 'Triangle: The Fire that Changed America'. Rocco Dormarunno, author of 'The Five Points'.

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