The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

by Adam R. Schaefer
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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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Children's Literature
Part of the "Events That Shaped America" series, this book describes the working conditions of many immigrants in New York City in the early 1900s, the fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (which could have been prevented), and the workers' rights and safety regulations that became laws after the tragedy. The authors also include an index, a time line, a list of further information, a glossary of difficult or key words, and a list of things to "think about and do." The activities mentioned are not the "hands on" type of activities, instead they are the type of activities where readers will research an event and then write about what they would have done in that historical setting. There are illustrations or photographs on every page. This is a good source of information for those wanting to learn more about the beginnings of safety regulations and workers rights. For further information on conditions of immigrants in New York, Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson is also a good resource. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Joella Peterson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These books use dramatic episodes from American history as focal points and then provide the necessary background to create a more complete understanding of that period. All three have the same format: an introduction, four succinct chapters, and a conclusion. Excellent photographs and reproductions appear throughout, and text boxes with background and supplemental facts are also included. Moon Landing describes the Apollo program and then briefly traces recent developments in space exploration. A sidebar offers perspective on the technology of the 1960s to today's computer-savvy youngsters: "People still had black-and-white televisions." In the second title, reproductions of old newspaper articles, period photos, and a diagram enhance the description of the fire at the Triangle factory in New York City in 1911. Lexington and Concord traces the events leading up to the battle and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Clear maps indicate both the distribution of immigrant groups in the 13 Colonies and the routes taken by the British and the Patriots. Although they are not in-depth treatments, these volumes just might grab readers' interest.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836853834
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Landmark Events in American History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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