...Published in 2004 by Gover Atlantic Inc, David Von Brehle wrote Triangle: The Fire That ChangedAmerica that recounted that fateful day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 26, 1911. Von Brehle portrayed not only the horrors of the trapped workers in the factory but also included the poor state of worker's safety and low wages. Von Brehle's purpose of writing about the Triangle disaster is to inform readers that factory conditions in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century were very unsafe as employees worked for very little pay.
The beginning of the book starts off on a brief note of the aftermath of the Trianglefire disaster. It describes how people around the shirtwaist factory reacted to this tragedy including the employees' family members. The book later returns to chronological order and starts to tell about labor unions, such as WTUL (Women's Trade Union League), being granted their requests from factories after a long bitter strike. The life of the immigrants is also depicted before and after their departure towards the United States, the â€śGolden Land.â€ť Stories about Jewish mistreatment in Eastern Europe were very common, like in the case of Rosie Freedman. Religious oppression and poverty forced many Jews from Eastern Europe to evacuate their homeland towards the United States. As for Italian immigrants, they were escaping an...
Lets Head Out The Fire Escape!...
What Fire Escape?
Once upon a time, in an age of laissez-faire, there erupted a horrible fire in Manhattanâ€™s Greenwich Village. Usually fires arenâ€™t as a big of a deal in comparison to other natural disasters such as earthquakes. But when the number of deaths pass 100 from a fire, something must be wrong in that picture. Statistically, fires have only had a few deaths as total and a number of people who are injured. But during this time, reality hit and the world discovered the hidden truth of manufacturers. So many things were taking place during this time, from workers being mistreated and overused to the low pay rate that many people had to deal with.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was an event that held relevance in American history. On March, 25, 1911 at approximately 4:40 PM a fire broke out in the company's factory in New York City which was the deadliest industrial disaster. 147 workers died in that incident, they either died from the fire or jumped from the window. It was considered the most tragic fire incident in New York City. "The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment workers' Union, which fought for better and safer working conditions for...
...of her speech, 20,000 shirtwaist makers
had walked off their jobs. By February of 1910 most of the companies
recognize and grant the demands of the union. All except the owners of The
Triangle Shirtwaist Company, Max Blanck and Issac Harris, while they agreed to
shorter hours and higher wages, they refused to recognize the union, and their
concessions did not equal those of the other business owners2. Then, on March
25th, 1911 the most tragic event of New York Cityâ€™s twentieth century occurred;
a fire broke out in the Triangle Waist Company. This horrific loss of life was
observed by many onlookers and resulted in the tragic demise of 146 workers,
mostly young woman immigrants who either burned to death, or chose to die
by jumping from the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of the Asch building3. This
fire and the public observance of lives lost was the greatest tragedy of the time,
it had a direct impact on society, it led to political reform and most importantly,
changes in legislation that ensured the reform of the work place across our
This observed tragedy united a society that until then was divided by
cultural and economical differences. On April Sixth, 1911 over 350,000 people
participated in the funeral march for the seven unidentified victims of the fire.
Mrs. Raymond Robins the head of the National Trade Union League traveled
from Chicago to take part in the...
...come together, form a union, and let their voices be heard on the limitations and working conditions the government and society have allowed to occur. With little education and desperate for money, women immigrants were looking for any job they could find. However, there was one occurring problem through the 19th and 20th century: the working conditions. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company, founded by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, was one of many industries the workers had harsh feelings toward due to this issue. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out within the company building causing it to be one of the most symbolic incidents regarding the improvements in the industrial world. Although the immigrants believed leaving their homeland for an entire different country would ease the stress of personal issues, in turn, it outraged the women and gave them a boost of confidence to stand up for the safety of themselves and put up a fight for greater freedom.
To begin with, the lives of women workers were not as bad as African American lives during the slavery period, but they still endured severe conditions. In The TriangleFire (Argersinger, 2009), the author mentions how the head executive of the company would circle around the workspace speaking to the women with no respect. After every workday ended, the younger girls and women went through strict security procedures to make sure nothing would come up missing the next day...
March 12, 2014
In 1911, a deadliest fire occurred in the triangle waist company killing hundreds of people. The workers at the Triangle Waist Company went on strike in 1909 to bring awareness to people about the company .The Womenâ€™s Trade Union League played a big role before and during the strike. The strike made an impact but it wasnâ€™t enough to open the eyes of the owners of the triangle factory. Later a fire arose changing labor and industry forever.
The Triangle waist company consisted of women and children starting from ages 10 and up. Many of these women came from countries such as Italy and Russia in search for the American dream that America promised. Instead they came to a city where they were mistreated and enslaved in the workplace. These women worked for 14 hours straight earning 2 dollars a day to support their families. They spent their days getting blamed for the flaws the company had. As a result of the mistreatment the women started to rebel.
The women trade union league workers wanted shorter hours, better pay, safer shops, and unions. They decided to no longer keep quiet, so they went on strike. These women were the leaders of the largest women strike in American history. More than 50 factories gave in to their workers demand but the triangle factory ownerâ€™s Max Blanck and Isaac Harris refused...
...accidents, are all causes of death. I bet when you imagine how youâ€™re going to die, the thought of jumping out a window thatâ€™s nine stories high doesnâ€™t come to mind, but certainly it is another cause of death, another tragic way to die. This exact way of dying took 145 souls on March 25, 1911. One after another girls aging anywhere between 13 and 23 years of age thought they were leaping for their lives from the out break of fire, but instead leapt for death, out of the windows to meet the concrete over one hundred feet below. In honor of those who leapt for their life, changes were made in occupational safety standards that ensure the safety of workers today. When it comes to death, anything is possible.
Located on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place in Manhattan, was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Max Blanck and Isaac Harris owned one of the largest shirt making factories in New York City. Both men had immigrated from Russia as young men, met in the United States, and by 1900 had a little shop together on Woodster Street they named the Triangle Waist Company. It specialized in making shirtwaist, which was a popular blouse worn by women that had a tight waist and puffy sleeve. Those who worked within the factory consisted of a majority of women who worked on the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors. The women who worked there were mainly immigrants aging from13 to 23. Irish, Yiddish, and German were a few of the...
...Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, in New York City a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. One of the worst tragedies in American history it was know as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. It was a disaster that took the lives of 146 young immigrant workers. A fire that broke out in a cramped sweatshop that trapped many inside and killed 146 people.
This tragedy pointed out the negatives of sweatshop conditions of the industrialization era. It emphasized the worst part of its times the low wages, long hours, and unsanitary working conditions were what symbolized what sweatshops were all about. These conditions were appalling, and no person should ever be made to work in these conditions.
Before this tragedy occurred the suffering of the workers was very evident. Take for instance this first hand account by Sadie Frowne.
"My name is Sadie Frowne. I work in Allen Street (Manhattan) in what they call a sweatshop. I am new at the work and the foreman scolds me a great deal. I get up at half-past five o'clock every morning and make myself a cup of coffee on the oil stove. I eat a bit of bread and perhaps some fruit and then go to work. Often I get there soon after six o'clock so as to be in good time, though the factory does not open till seven.
At seven o'clock we...
...The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911
What do we think of when we hear the word sweatshop? Many people associate that word with female immigrant workers, who receive very minimal pay. The work area is very dangerous to your health and is an extremely unsanitary work place. The work area is usually overcrowded. That is the general stereotype, in my eyes of a sweatshop. All if not more of these conditions were present in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. This company was located in New York City at 23-29 Washington Place, in which 146 employees mainly women and girls lost their lives to a disastrous fire. "A superficial examination revealed that conditions in factories and manufacturing establishments that developed a daily menace to the lives of the thousands of working men, women, and children" (McClymer 29). Lack of precautions to prevent fire, inadequate fire-escape facilities, unsanitary conditions were undermining the health of the workers.
The need for an investigation was starting to be recognized. The hazards to life because of fire are: covering fire prevention, arrangement of machinery, fire drills, inadequate fire-escapes and exits, number of persons employed in factories and lofts, etc. Some of the dangers to life and health because of unsanitary conditions are: ventilation, lighting and heating arrangement, hours of labor,...