Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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Great website. Very informative – Michelle LaFond, Paradise, CA   21 Apr 2017

I first learned of the Triangle Factory Fire at my university in a history course. It was a tragic event, but sparked my interest to know more of the details behind the incident. Thank you so much for your time, research and publishing these findings for the general public. It is incredible and insightful to have the opportunity to hear and read the stories of those who witness this horrific event first hand. – Mikayla, Alabama   20 Apr 2017

I've visited these pages before, but always come away with a renewed sense of horror mixed with respect for the men and women of Triangle. HOW could this have been allowed? Easily, in a society that enshrines the Cash Nexus and treats workers as nothing more or less than pack animals. At least, legislation made a recurrence of this catastrophe all but impossible. Yet in 2017, I am not sanguine about the future of American labor as we seem driven to repeat the horrors of 116 years ago. Only vigilance and political action can prevent events as bad as- -if not worse--than what happened in March 1911. – Kenneth Wolman, North Adams, Massachusetts   20 Apr 2017

It is very upsetting no one showed them how to escape and that girl jumped down the elevator shaft its very upsetting – Brianna, Athens   20 Apr 2017

reading through this and seeing other 14 year old girls lives have been lost make my heart sad i cant beleive that so many young lives were cut short because someone wanted to be lazy and not safe. – Emily jade strassle, independence MO   18 Apr 2017

Reading everything here has been overwhelmingly emotional and the complete disregard for human life is staggering. This must have been a very traumatic experience and I can't even begin to imagine what it was like. – Brooke, Salt Lake City, UT   13 Apr 2017

so very sad but hopeful for better safety precautions – J.M, somewere   12 Apr 2017

I am currently learning about this in economics. This is truly a sad story, but thank you for putting this website together in remembrance. – Colton Gattis, Greenwood, AR   11 Apr 2017

This event in history was very sad. I think it was horrible how poeple didn't even teavh themto use the fire escape. If we wouldv'e been able to supprt the growing industries in New York, we might have been able to save so many lives. – Paul Nickles, Thomson, Ga   11 Apr 2017

Its so sad WOMEN died in the fire – mad dog sumler, atwater   7 Apr 2017

So sad that all the people had to die in that fire. – GS, NC   6 Apr 2017

After reading this, it makes me wonder why US factories outsource products just so we don't have to deal with Unions, Labor Laws, and Fire codes. It is sad that people would treat other people like this. – victor blas, Hemet, CA   5 Apr 2017

It's really sad knowing so many people died when it could have been prevented if they had proper safety conditions, but knowing this saved many lives in case of fire in their work places makes me think they died but wont be forgotten. – Tori Obremski, New York   31 Mar 2017

This is a really sad story. I wish that there was some way for them to know and for them to have an emergency exit. I hope it never happens again. – Sarah Bishop, Valdosta,GA   30 Mar 2017

I think it horrible how people didn't ever teach them how to escape during a fire There should've been way more escape it sad to hear that all those people died in one day. – Carlie Alma Stelin, Valdosta Ga   30 Mar 2017

it is really sad to know that we could've helped if ppl would have known that it was coming. – Addyson Smith, Georgia   30 Mar 2017

This helped us learn about the safety laws that needed to be in place. It was too bad it was such a tragedy – Baller Vision, Valdosta,Ga   30 Mar 2017

I am sad the people were stuck in the situation I was learning it it class – Pizza, Valdosta   30 Mar 2017

I was looking for information to share with my book discussion group. We are discussing Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It is historical fiction about the Triangle Shirtwaist Strike and Fire. – Amy, Cuyahoga Falls, OH   27 Mar 2017

When viewing the names of the victims I became overwhelmed with grief. As a union leader it reaffirms the need for organized labor today and renews my commitment to protecting the working families I represent daily. – KAH, Winter Park, FL   22 Mar 2017

This was incredibly sad. Let's hope it never happens again. – Evan , New York   21 Mar 2017

I learned so much about this fire. Thank you!!! – Hannah, New York   21 Mar 2017

thi is a really sad tragedy – patience taylor, california   16 Mar 2017

This is an incredible resource, a required item for the students in my Triangle Fire course. Thank you! – Edvige Giunta, Teaneck   15 Mar 2017

That was terrible..I am glad that they were able to improve dangerous working conditions...sad that it takes a disaster sometimes to make improvements – Debra Braggs, Greenville, NC   15 Mar 2017

I remember my mother and her parents talking about this tragedy. My grandfather also worked in a sweatshop at a very young age. The people in the shop hid him in the closet when inspectors came. – Diane, N.J.   14 Mar 2017

THANK GOD FOR THOSE FINE PEOPLE WHO PUT AN END TO THESE POOR AND DANGEROUS WORKING CONDITIONS AL SMITH, FRANCIS PERKINS, ELEANOR & TEDDY ROOSEVELT &F.D.R. – ROBERT PIERCE, BAYONNE, N.J.   13 Mar 2017

I wish this never happened because that fire was bad and I hope this don't happen again because a lot of people had deal with that.And that's sad. – Jayla Burdine, Greenville,SC   13 Mar 2017

this was very sad – RICO.BROWN, lancaster sc   12 Mar 2017

something we hope not to happen again. – richard lewis, waterloo iowa   12 Mar 2017

My Godmother ,who was born in 1916 and one of 11 children went to work at a very young age as a seamstress. She sawed buttons onto garments. She worked in the garment district in Manhattan and would always get very emotional ,when The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was discussed. – DMC, Long Island , NY   11 Mar 2017

My heart went out to the victims and their families even though the fire happened 116 years ago. March 25, 1911 should always be remembered because of the fire and the aftermath; laws were put in place to help stop another diaster. – Kathy Hester, New Berlin, WI   9 Mar 2017

Great document, pure history. – Adilson Faltz, Brazil   8 Mar 2017

I am writing a report on the triangle factory fire and this has been a great source, and definitely pulled a few of my heart strings. – VMT, Stevensville MT   7 Mar 2017

i feel bad for the people whose families who died – hld, steward il   7 Mar 2017

I feel bad for those poor people. They worked for very little money. The owners should have paid more attention. – Neo, Arizona   2 Mar 2017

RIP victims, my condolences to the families and viewers to the tragedy. This is an important incident of history, like many other tragedies. May this event help our future become a better result to prevent situations like this. (And unfortunately, it still happens today, even though this happened.)? – Serena Felicia, South Dakota   2 Mar 2017

Im so glad that we can change – leslie C, New York City Ny   2 Mar 2017

My condolences to all and anyone to have been touched by this tragedy. – JaNel D, Porterville, Calif.   1 Mar 2017

I am born on 8th of March, i'm a woman and i'm proud to be born on that day so important in the world. If today i have rights like man is also thanks to that event so awful that have never been forget and to all the women having struggled. – Chiara, Italy   25 Feb 2017

Came here for a history paper and found a story much more tragic than i had anticipated. My condolences to the families who have been affected by this fire. Though what happened to them was terrible, their legacy helped save the lives of many more workers and improve the lives of all. Rest in peace. – N.J.W., Norman, OK   25 Feb 2017

R.I.P victims – Eleven Wheeler, Hawkins   24 Feb 2017

One reason something happened was because there were flammable fluids on the floor and there was a oil barrel just sitting there(see 9th floor model) which should have been taken care of a long time ago. – EC, Brookwood, Alabama   24 Feb 2017

Rip the workers. Never forgotten. The owners should have been more considerate. smh – Jada Alexis, Brookwood Alabama   24 Feb 2017

The fire was a very tragic thing and shouldn't have happened but the owners were stupid and inconsiderent of other people. – Trinity Walker, vance Alabama   24 Feb 2017

First off these people deserve way better than they were. I mean they worked for you for little money come on no one would steal fabric. The fact that there was man slauter involved and the court let's them get away with just makes me so mad!! – Bonnie Griffin, Brookwood Alabama   23 Feb 2017

I think that if they were prepared or even cautious we probably would not have lost as many lives that we did. My condolences to all the families of triangle shirtwaist factory victims – Skylar Mullenix, Brookwood,alabama   23 Feb 2017

These people were innocent and should have never been killed. The fact that the court system did nothing enrages me. The brave people are never forgotten. – Noah Dunham, Brookwood, Alabama   23 Feb 2017

if they would of been prepared they would, like have all doors unlocked and water connected to the hose the tragic event maybe would not have occurred. – bryant akridge, Brookwood, Alabama   23 Feb 2017

If the owners would have followed the labor laws this could have never happened. – kaleb miller, brookwood,Alabama   23 Feb 2017

They didn't consider the lives of those people and now 146 of them are dead and those owners had to live the rest of their lives knowing they were responsible. – Calina Lewis, Brookwood, alabama   23 Feb 2017

if they had been prepared, like have the water hoses turned on, had the doors unlocked, had sprinklers, &/or fire escapes, then that many ppl would probably not died tbh – alyssa boyd, broke weed   23 Feb 2017

This happened a few years before the titanic sank, I have came to realize that the 1910's was a very tragic decade and that all these events will last not just a decade, not just a century, but forever... – Dalton Garrett Crumpton, B   23 Feb 2017

The Triangle Factory Fire will be forever in our minds and not forgotten.We will not perish on their deaths,but remember them..... Also hello people on the guestbook! – Morgan Merritt, Coaling,Alabama   23 Feb 2017

The story of the triangle factory fire is a very tragic story and will go down in history, just like the flames of that fire. – Dalton Garrett Crumpton, Brookwood, Alabama   23 Feb 2017

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