The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Brenda Lange

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Written by Brenda Lange
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Part of the Great Historic Disasters Series


The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Brenda Lange

Conditions were harsh in tenement factories all over New York City, but they were especially difficult at one in particular. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, located near the city's Washington Square Park, made history on March 25, 1911, when a devastating fire destroyed the top three floors of the building in which it was located. One hundred and forty-six young women and several men died in what was the worst workplace disaster to take place in the United States to that date. The lack of fire sprinklers or extinguishers, a safe fire escape, and working elevators, coupled with cluttered and unsanitary conditions, all contributed to the blaze. But what really ignited the public's outrage was the disregard by the owners and others in authority to establish and maintain a safe working environment in the first place. The tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory spawned dozens of reforms and legislation for workplace safety. It also cultivated an awakening attitude of social awareness and responsibility nationwide.


.,. insightful...a fascinating subject that still has high interest for readers...Titanic fans are sure to find this yet another book to keep them enthralled.

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112 pages


Brenda Lange
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Chelsea House Publishers

Publication date

1st April 2008



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