The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Overview

Sweatshops in the early 1900s were notorious for overworking their employees in poor conditions. Since many of the workers were immigrants in desperate need of a job, employers forced the workers to labor through hours of overtime without any compensation. One such sweatshop, The Triangle Waist Company, disregarded the building’s safety codes, which led to a major fire in 1911. The company, which occupied the top three floors of the 10-story Asch Building, burned quickly, with large amounts of fabric and wood ...
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Overview

Sweatshops in the early 1900s were notorious for overworking their employees in poor conditions. Since many of the workers were immigrants in desperate need of a job, employers forced the workers to labor through hours of overtime without any compensation. One such sweatshop, The Triangle Waist Company, disregarded the building’s safety codes, which led to a major fire in 1911. The company, which occupied the top three floors of the 10-story Asch Building, burned quickly, with large amounts of fabric and wood feeding the fire. With the exits blocked, hundreds of workers frantically scrambled to save themselves any way they could. The disaster would prove to be a driving force behind workers’ rights.
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Business and industry changed so quickly during the early twentieth century that industry safety standards were hard pressed to keep up with innovation. Numerous industrial accidents occurred throughout the New York area, prompting formation of unions and creation of laws to ensure safety, but in the early 20th century, there was no incentive to follow the laws and no agency to ensure standards were followed. The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory resulted in the deaths of dozens of men and women and was the largest disaster in the New York area for decades. Nobleman provides a brief introduction to the tragedy, cataloging the lack of safety standards in the factory as well as mentioning the creation of unions and laws that were designed to ensure safety but were never enforced. The text is part of the "We the People" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Marc Tyler Nobleman has written books on everything from ghosts to Groundhog Day, belly flops to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Superman to summertime activities. Besides writing books, he is also a cartoonist whose work has appeared in more than 100 magazines.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 50 books for young people. He writes regularly for Nickelodeon Magazine and has written for The History Channel. He is also a cartoonist whose single panels have appeared in more than 100 international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes. He lives with his wife and daughter in Connecticut.
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Table of Contents


The Girl Who Lived     4
Part of the Machines     9
Smoke in the Distance     16
Blocked and Locked     19
A Fateful Step     26
Their Jobs Lost Them     31
Honored in Death     37
Glossary     42
Did You Know?     43
Important Dates     44
Important People     45
Want to Know More?     46
Index     48
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