Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix starting with a young woman named Harriet pleading with a Mrs. Livingston to tell her about the fire not so long ago on March 25,1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Many immigrant came to America for better lifestyle, and get freedom. Bella, one of the main characters, is a young girl who just came to America from Italy to raise money for her hungry family. Bell doesn't speak English only Italian, but she was from a small town so her Italian is not even the same as some of the other Italians at triangle shirtwaist factory. Yetta is a Jew girl from Russia. She and her older sister came to America to escape from all the hatred towards Jews. They are saving money for their family so that they can bring them to America. And Jane is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Bella and Yetta work together at the factory under terrible conditions and their pay is cut for even the mistake, the bosses turn the clock back so closing time is delayed, and the workers are locked into the factory all day, only to be frisked before they leave at night to make sure they haven't stolen any shirtwaist. When the situation got worst, Yetta leads the factory's effort to strike, and she meets Jane. As the girls were gathering their belongings and putting on their coats someone yelled “Fire!”
The most disasters events in the novel Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix really did happen, the fire the strike, and women were not respected back then.