American History-Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire–Videos

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“…In the early 1900’s, young women shirtwaist makers – mostly Jewish immigrants, still in their teens –were a powerful force for change. They brought together women’s rights activism and union power, and ignited sweeping changes to worker safety laws.

On Saturday, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Triangle shirtwaist factory. Firemen arrived at the scene, but their ladders weren’t tall enough to reach the upper floors of the 10-story building, so workers trapped inside jumped to their deaths. In a half hour, the fire was over, and 146 of the 500 workers — mostly young women — were dead.

Many of us have read about the tragic Triangle fire in school textbooks. But the fire alone wasn’t what made the shirtwaist makers such a focal point for worker safety. In fact, workplace deaths weren’t uncommon then. It is estimated that over 100 workers died every day on the job around 1911.

The shirtwaist makers’ story was so compelling because of the events leading up to the fire. After the fire, their story inspired hundreds of activists across the state and the nation to push for fundamental reforms. For some, like Frances Perkins, who stood helpless watching the factory burn, the tragedy inspired a lifetime of advocacy for workers’ rights. She later became Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. …”

The Triangle Fire

It was the worst factory fire in the history of New York City. Late in the afternoon of Saturday, 25 March 1911, fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, located on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of the Asch Building. In less than five minutes fire snuffed out the lives of 146 workers.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist fire 

America the Story of Us Episode 7 Segment400

Triangle Factory Fire 1-2 (New York: A Documentary Film, Ep4).

Triangle Factory Fire 2-2 (New York: A Documentary Film, Ep4).

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911 New York City Reenactment ILGWU 

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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