Sawyer White Klurfeld C-ODD Spring Book Assignment 4/04/11 Some disasters are so impactful, that they forever change the course of history. On March 25, 1911, one such event took place. The infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire occurred that day, and left one hundred and forty-six people dead in its wake. While many at the time thought the story would soon pass, and with it all the potential bad publicity, the story of the fire spread quickly, and outraged many people. As a result, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire ended up changing many business and political practices of the time. In his book Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, David von Drehle argues that the fire largely impacted the country. Specifically, von Drehle argues that the Triangle Fire ended up changing New York’s interconnected political and economic scene, and spurred on the creation of stricter safety codes. The political scene of New York was altered greatly as a result of the Triangle Fire. Still dominated by the machine-boss system, New York was prime example of graft and corruption of politicians. Tammany Hall still reigned supreme, even after the fall of Boss Tweed in the 1870s, and it was headed by a man named Charles Murphy. In 1909, when workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went on strike, owners Max Blanck and Isaac Harris used the police and gangsters to get the strikers to give up their cause. The suppliers of these corrupt officers and gangsters were none other than the men at Tammany Hall. “Clearly, Tammany Hall’s one-two punch—the police and gangsters—remained squarely on the side of the owners (pg. 50).” While publicly Tammany Hall was very helpful and generous to the poor, on important issues of business, the machine sided with management every time. Tammany
Published in 2004 by Gover Atlantic Inc, David Von Brehle wrote Triangle: The Fire That Changed America 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….
to work at rates that pushed them to the very edge of poverty, whereas they could not afford to quit their jobs or even come late to work. This led to the Triangle fire, an event that directed America in a new course, one in which the safety and well-being of Americans are protected by its rightful amount. “Triangle: The fire that changed America”, a monograph by David Von Drehle, encompasses the idea of the horrible working conditions for the unskilled immigrants, in which they had no choice but to….
Introduction & Background
The book selected for this analysis is entitled, “Triangle: The Fire that Changed America” by David von Drehle, which was published in Washington D.C. by Grove Press in 2004. Drehle starts by providing a succinct background of the living and working situation of people working at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. Drehle takes time to exposition to the readers the prevailing circumstances that led to an upsurge in the number of child-age men and women to enroll for work in….
Editor-at-Large for, the renowned, Time Magazine. In Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, Von Drehle coalesces his critically acclaimed writing skills with knowledge of early 1900s New York to create a masterpiece depicting the struggles of immigrant women and a catastrophic fire that drastically changed labor and safety laws in America.
On a normal afternoon in late March of 1911, a fire broke out in Manhattan, New York that changed America. The fire began at closing time on the eighth floor of the….
The event of the fire was exceedingly devastating chiefly caused by the extreme lack of fire safety in the era. To begin with, the materials used in making the shirtwaists were highly flammable in themselves. When the scraps from the garments and their patterns were piled in large bins, the perfect environment for igniting and fueling a fire was created, as detailed in the book, “Those airy scraps of sheer fabric and tissue paper, loosely heaped and full of oxygen, amounted to a virtual firebomb”….
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 Women’s Trade Union League played a big role before and during the strike. The strike made an impact but it wasn’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….
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 Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Usually fires aren’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….
In order to understand how fire extinguishers work, you first need to know a little bit about fire.
Four things that must be present at the same time in order to produce a fire :
* Enough oxygen to sustain combustion.
* Enough heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature.
* Some sort of fuel or combustible material.
* The chemical, exothermic reaction that is fire.
Take a look at the following diagram called the “Fire Triangle”.
Oxygen, heat, and fuel….
The Triangle Fire
The events of the Triangle Fire of 1911 are incredibly relevant to today’s society. Workers’ rights and safety continues to be a heated topic for debate. Though many people may believe such an issue has been put to rest with our technologically advanced time and our progressive state of mind, the truth of the matter is immigrant and foreign workers are still being exploited in the workplace.
Often workers are not represented by a union or uneducated as to what a union even….
I am doing my report on what the impact of the Triangle Factory Fire has to do with how our world. It obviously has had many changes and impacted a lot on our world.
The Triangle Factory Fire started on 9th floor killing tons of people because of the workers environment. Some of the exits and stairwells had been locked so nobody would leave, but that was just one bad decision, leaving many people dying from jumping out of windows and being asphyxiated by smoke.
“ Thanks to the efforts….