The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fireby Adam R. Schaefer
In March 1911, a terrible fire swept through the Triangle factory, a garment shop in New York City. Crowds watched in horror as hundreds of trapped workers -- most of them women -- tried frantically to escape. This book explains the circumstances in the early 1900s that led to the tragic fire that killed 146 people: the lack of government regulation in the workplace, the greed of negligent employers, and the desperation of poor working people who had no choice but to labor in dangerous conditions. It explores the growth of industry and immigration in the United States in the late 1800s and looks at the role of unions and reformers. The book also details how, finally, public opinion forced state governments to legislate for change.
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