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Triangle Fire A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312464525
ISBN-13: 9780312464523
Edition: 2009
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Description: In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City claimed the lives of 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women, who either leaped to their deaths or were trapped in the blaze by locked doors and inadequate fire escapes. The tragedy  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City claimed the lives of 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women, who either leaped to their deaths or were trapped in the blaze by locked doors and inadequate fire escapes. The tragedy brought national attention to the unsafe working conditions, long hours, and low pay that had prompted a national garment workers' strike a year before. Jo Ann Argersinger's volume examines the context, trajectory, and impact of this Progressive Era event. An introduction explores the demands industrialization placed upon urban working women, their fight to unionize, and the Triangle fire's significance in the greater scope of labor reform. Documents from newspaper reports to the personal stories of labor agitators and fire survivors continue the story, giving voice to the "girl strikers," their enemies and upper-class allies in the effort to reform the garment industry, and the public outrage that followed the fire. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index enrich students' understanding of this historical moment.

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Foreword
Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Fire that Changed America
Fashioning a New Industry: "The Shirtwaist Kings" and the Factory System
Working "Girls" in the Garment Industry
Triangle and the "Uprising of Twenty Thousand"
"Fire!": The Triangle Tragedy
"The Day it Rained Children": Grief, Outrage, and Reform
The Trial: 146 Dead but "Nobody Guilty"
Epilogue: The "Fire that Lit the Nation"
The Documents
The Triangle Waist Company in the Asch Building
Arthur E. McFarlane , Fire and the Skyscraper: The Problem of Protecting Workers in New York���s Tower Factories, September 191

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