Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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Such a terrible tragedy. Learning about this in my American History class. Grateful that changes were made as a result of this tragedy. Thank you for providing a wonderful resource and learning experience. – KMD, MA   5 Oct 2013

really crazy the owners better own up !! – KE,   5 Oct 2013

My Great Great Grandma lost a friend to this senseless fire. – AW, Ann Arbor   3 Oct 2013

There are many overlapping themes with how capital and labor deal with squabbles which are just as prevalent now as they were in 1911. – Cat, United States   3 Oct 2013

so sad so sad so sad lets all remember this forever because people died how crazy is that – Jillian Asauge, Chicago   2 Oct 2013

Chill you guys this was a hundred years ago stop apologizing I'm crying sweet droplets of water from my eyeballs – rls, us   2 Oct 2013

The owners were wrong – An, Justice   30 Sep 2013

I was very upsets when I read this. I am still praying for the families. – JS, Pennsylvania   30 Sep 2013

I am so sorry – M P, Memphis Tn   25 Sep 2013

This incident was really sad, and I feel terrible for the families with dead victims. – LAMJ, Mass, Boston   23 Sep 2013

A sad reminder of greed unchecked by government regulation. Also a reminder of infrastructure growing faster than safety measures. – David Lloyd, Flint,MI   22 Sep 2013

Very interesting sight. Some of the stories brought me to tears. I had never heard of this incident until recently, and I am glad Cornell is keeping alive the memory of all those who needlessly perished. – Deborah Halley, Romeoville, IL   21 Sep 2013

Such a sad story. We are learning about it in our American History class. I really wanted to learn more about it and did on this site. R.I.P. – M.J.W, Linn, MO   18 Sep 2013

Attacks on Labor Unions will return us to these very conditions. Wake up, two states MI. & IN. recently passed right to work (for less) laws with more states fighting for their lives.This site was so helpful in helping me research the Fire and write my school paper on it. Great resource!Very interesting read. I saw a link posted in the comments section to the recent Bangladesh garment factory collapse. With the attitude of most people in North America toward unions, workers are being exploited here yet again. The last commenter said, "Glad to know we have advanced in so many ways" Yes we have advanced by our corporations moving the jobs to countries such as Bangladesh to hide it from us. Sad.....When I first learned of the Triangle Fire I became determined to learn more about it. And the more I learned the more determined I became to do my part, as an artist, as a worker, and as a human being, in keeping alive the memory of the 146 lives lost. The courage of the workers in that period of our history is an inspiration. To keep their memory alive is to remind us that we must come together to protect one another. In many parts of the world, the same dangerous working conditions exist. To honor those 146 lives lost, we have to eradicate the conditions that took their lives and continue to take the lives of others. – AJ, Nebraska   18 Sep 2013

terrible tragedy – AJ, Montana   18 Sep 2013

What a tragedy. Shame on the owners for their lack of mitigation and safety and their ignorance towards human life. – S. Stoy, Millersville, PA   16 Sep 2013

Have to do huge paper on this...really helpful, thanks! – CK, USA   16 Sep 2013

So terribly sad... – C. Arnold, Beaumont, TX   16 Sep 2013

Tragic. So sad. – S. Harvey, Wakefield MI   14 Sep 2013

It's really sad and they were all so young.. – carlos n, Las Vegas, Nevada   5 Sep 2013

so sad that so many young woman had to loose there lives do to unsafe working conditions. – melissa davis, Burlington vt   30 Aug 2013

Amazing website, great sources!!! – MA, Logan, UT   29 Aug 2013

Excellent work. Tragedy for those who perished. Sadly, some of the same conditions still exist today. – Jane Wilkerson, Birmingham, Alabama   27 Aug 2013

It is sad that so many had to die in order for there to be changes and laws that protect. This tragedy change the worlds industry just as the Titanic sinking changed industry of ships. All wrongs should be made right so all will have justice in the end. – Amy Lyon, Michigan   18 Aug 2013

My grandmother, Fannie Skop was the first to jump down the elevator cables when the elevator was not making any more trips back up.She survived, but so many others followed her by jumping down the shaft and were found piled on top of the elevator. My mother has told me this story in detail and I have told my son about the bravery of his great grandmother. I hope they have all found peace in heaven where they watch over their grandchildren, great grandchildren and loved ones. – David Manning, Jackson Heights,ny   13 Aug 2013

I recently told my grandchildren about the Triangle Factory fire when they asked about a ring I was wearing. The ring belonged to my great aunt, Catherine Uzzo who died in this tragedy. She will not be forgotten. My mom was named after her. Thank you for sharing this information so that my grandchildren can learn about it. – Linda Falabella, Rosedale, NY   13 Aug 2013

My father's sister, Catherine Uzzo, was killed in the fire. My dad told us many stories about the fire. However, seeing a copy the death certificate shook me to the core. I am 83 and I never thought I would see it. Thank you for this memory. – Josephine Uzzo Weston, Valley Stream, NY   11 Aug 2013

Tragedy beyond my comprehension;May God bless each victim for eternity. May those negligent answer to Him as well. – Paul Stephens, Chico California   8 Aug 2013

This is a very interesting site about the, Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March, 1911. You have more information about the survivors and victims of the tragedy. Since you have some brief information of the victims, could you do some brief information about the survivors of the disaster. Maybe you could include dates of deaths of survivors. – adam daly, ringwood, victoria. australia   28 Jul 2013

It's too bad no one had the foresight to think of these things before a tragedy occurred. Another sad day in history that helped make the present a little bit safer. – Kara Lovegrove, Texas   26 Jul 2013

R.I.P – Daniel Moreno, mexico   23 Jul 2013

I never knew about the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire until now! Great information on the topic! – S. B., Alabama   13 Jul 2013

It's a shame these women, and a few men, died so horribly...may their souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace...amen. ++++ – Fred C. Wilson III, Chicago, IL   12 Jul 2013

Sorry for the workers, but good learning experience for today's world, – mtl, Michigan   2 Jul 2013

Truly a sad event, thankfully changes have been made as a result og this tragedy. – External Drive Recovery, USA   26 Jun 2013

You need to also research the Binghamton Overall Factory Fire. The centennial of this event is July 22. Because of the Triangle fire, the doors had been reversed and fire drills were conducted. Unfortunately when the fire occurred, many of the workers thought it was another drill and delayed getting out. Both these fires helped change the fire safety laws in NYS. – Kevin O'Connor, Atlanta   23 Jun 2013

I'm curious as to why the site is silent about what happened in the ensuing lawsuits, how the owners essentially got off with no punishment. Leaving that out suggests only that change came from this mass murder, and mass murder it was. Knowing the owners suffered little if any, just as the owners of the Union Carbide plant in Bangladesh suffered not at all, needs to be told. We need not just better safety laws, we need better prosecution of corporate criminals. – Daniel Jordan, PhD, Oxnard, CA   22 Jun 2013

Amazing what is gleaned from such tragedy! – Debra Baumgartner, Southborough,MA   29 May 2013

Thank you for this resource. I am researching unions and the Bangladesh garment workers fires and any similarities to Triangle fire. People take unions for granted. – AJ Feldmann, Fort Collins, Colorado   24 May 2013

My grandmother Cecelia Walker survived the fire and I grew up hearing stories about it from my father. I was thrilled to read her testimony here. This is a wonderful and important resource that you have created. Thank you so much. – Steve Freidman, New York City   19 May 2013

Truly a sad event, thankfully changes have been made as a result og this tragedy. – Michael Inouye, Hawaii   10 May 2013

This sight gave me more than enough information, and helped me finish my history project. This sight is very helpful. – Alyssa M., volant   7 May 2013

This site was so helpful in helping me research the Fire and write my school paper on it. Great resource! – Alyssa G, Denton, MD   6 May 2013

i found this website from a book Margret Peterson Haddix wrote called UPRISING – jasmin s.r., Columbus, ohio   5 May 2013

Attacks on Labor Unions will return us to these very conditions. Wake up, two states MI. & IN. recently passed right to work (for less) laws with more states fighting for their lives. – Dan Knight, St. Louis, MO   2 May 2013

This website is good. – Alex G, Littleton CO   29 Apr 2013

I grew up hearing about this and other abuses and the rise of the ILGWU. Sadly, history is repeating itself with the 1% Americans gaining all the wealth as the working people get poorer in America. What to talk of outsorcung and abuses of the poor in other countries. – AG, Boston   29 Apr 2013

We learned a lot about the fire, and lack of safety back then. We give our respect to victims that died that day, and hope others will remember this event and learn from it. Rest in peace. – Pilot Station Senior Class 2013, Pilot Station Alaska   26 Apr 2013

Very interesting read. I saw a link posted in the comments section to the recent Bangladesh garment factory collapse. With the attitude of most people in North America toward unions, workers are being exploited here yet again. The last commenter said, "Glad to know we have advanced in so many ways" Yes we have advanced by our corporations moving the jobs to countries such as Bangladesh to hide it from us. Sad..... – MB, Canada   25 Apr 2013

Glad to know we have advanced in so many ways.Hopefully, something like this will never happen again. – BL, Florida   24 Apr 2013

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