Rembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

A SORROWFUL TIME IN WOMEN’S HISTORY…AND THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

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On March 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory burns down.  145 workers were killed in a place that probably defined the word sweatshop.  Only one out of the four elevators were working, one staircase opening inward only, and the other one was locked to prevent theft.  The fire escapes?  They were shoddily constructed and collapsed under the weight of the women as they tried to escape.  Even the hose that a manager tried to use was rusted enough not to function at all.  Women attempted to leave by jumping out of windows (the firefighters’ ladders only reached to floor 7 while the workers were on the 9th).  Eventually the elevator broke, but women jumped down the shafts anyway to escape the fire.  Most of the deaths occurred as women were fleeing, not because of the fire itself.

This tragedy led to stricter fire codes, and a march of 80,000 people…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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