Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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I think that the owners should have served jail time, and payed more than $75! R.I.P to all that died 3 – BWoww, Tennessee   8 Sep 2011

I think it's horrible the way Blanck and Harris obviously had something to do with the deaths and all they had to do was pay $75. R.I.P 3 – KDougie, Tennessee   8 Sep 2011

I think that the owners should have served jail time, and payed more than $75! R.I.P to all that died 3 – BWoww, Tennessee   8 Sep 2011

:( so sad... – c.d, joplin,missouri   8 Sep 2011

I'm only in the 7th grade and when i randomly choose a book by my all time favorite author( Haddix the book was called uprising by the way) i couldn't put it down i read through out the intire night. not because it was a amazing peice of lititature, it was average for her, the reason was because reading about it made me feel like it just happened. the next day i was assigned a reading paper on a historical event. go figure. i gues i was just outraged by the way things happened. – Chelli, Tennessee   8 Sep 2011

Sad to say that today there are many, including many holding or running for public office, who believe that owners ought to have the law off of their backs, that government should have the least impact possible on all of our lives. --September 11, 2011 – TFD, California   8 Sep 2011

disgracefull what happened.tb. – tom burke, dublin ireland   7 Sep 2011

Horrible thing. makes you look at the government today – Aidan MacKenzie, Lancaster, PA   7 Sep 2011

Thank you for this site, I only heard this story in my Social Work class last week and was shocked and saddened by this tragedy. I had no idea this was the 100th anniversary. Thank the good Lord for those brave men and women who stood up against the powers that be and put a stop to this sort of thing happening in our country again. My heart morns for all those who lost their lives and the families who lost their loved ones. And I am truly thankful for anyone who takes a stand against injustices my prayers go out to those warriors still hard at work today protecting workers here in the USA and around the world. – Jodie Broman, Lacey, WA   6 Sep 2011

Tragic story and it's sad that the owners only had to pay a measly 27 dollars per victum that died. I cant believe this happened. – Chad Wheat, Indianpolis, IN   3 Sep 2011

wow i cant believes this happened – Jose lopez, chicago   2 Sep 2011

Everytime I hear about this tragedy I am shocked and saddened, but I am honored to live both in a society and time where these brave and unlucky women and men are remembered. Thank you for this website. The 100th anniversary was remembered by a few girlfriends and I as we went to our college classes that day with a note on our hands. I was honored to explain what it meant to people that day, and I must say, I felt so lucky that I was able to go to class and educate myself. – Robin Epley, California, USA   2 Sep 2011

This is a horrible tragedy that could have so easily been prevented. The worst part is that the factory owners were acquitted!! The women who worked there were courageous and brave. – Linda T. , Lee's Summit, MO   1 Sep 2011

I cant stop my readings here!! – Laura Negron MOnllor, Yabucoa, Puerto Rico   31 Aug 2011

God rest the souls of those affected by this terrible tragedy. I just heard about this in my college History course earlier today and I am shocked at what happened 100 years ago. – J.R., San Antonio, TX   30 Aug 2011

there is a lot of people yet who do not believe in safety – ko, crocker sd   30 Aug 2011

I read a tragic boook on this event in history and couldnt be more hurt that this happened to so many people and could have easily been stopped if there were better working conditions. God help those who have suffered through this blaze of fire... – Autumn Samuels, Manalpan, NJ   24 Aug 2011

Never again will people be so discriminated against. God bless the souls who were lost. – Joshua D. Martin, Chalfont, PA   24 Aug 2011

My history teacher told me today about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory and i thought about how cruel it was for them to lock them in that place .That was a terrible thing that happened and im hoping to learn more about it . – Y.B., arizona   22 Aug 2011

terrible tragedy – jose , florida   21 Aug 2011

I read a book about this not long ago. I work as a Safety Manager in a steel mill, and I am amazed at how far we have come in our beliefs that workers have a basic right to be protected on their jobs. – P Park, Mississippi   9 Aug 2011

This collection of the Triangle Factory Fire material is the most comprehensive and human memorial and I thank you for it. I originally found some of it years ago after reading VonDrehle's book as well as hearing family stories about the fire. I knew a great aunt and her cousin were there, but only my great aunt survived. The shock changed her forever. Currently, I am planning a fall semester course for Senior Citizens at a local college based on the fire and the resulting changes that have occurred. Your site is a remarkable help and I am most grateful for it and for the Remember The Triangle committee. – Janice Ruotolo, Scarborough, NY   8 Aug 2011

was watching a documentary the other night that listed the victims of the fire...to my surprise I saw the name Rose Mehl. further research determined that she was my aunt. Her sister, my mother, Sara Mehl Klapper, never mentioned this. She was 5 years old when this happened. – audrey klapper, los angeles california   31 Jul 2011

Interesting – Nancy Gill, Florida   29 Jul 2011

Very well documented. Reading the information from the victims list brings tears to my eyes. I pray they all rest in peace and their memory will live on. Their death is not in vain and paved the way for a better life for others. – Nancy Gill, Mt. Dora, FL   29 Jul 2011

I am a middle school teacher and your primary source documents are helpful in developing my lesson plan on the Triangle Factory Fire. Thanks for putting them in a readable form so that I can use them in my classroom. – Daphne Cagle, Sacramento California   28 Jul 2011

I've been fascinated by the fire since I read a one-page article about it in an American Girl book in 1st grade. I'm a junior in college now and this still resonates in a very powerful way. I'm so glad to know the six unidentified victims have now been given names. It's little consolation, but at least after being treated like cattle in life, they have retained their humanity in death. – Callie Rhodes, Tuscaloosa, AL   27 Jul 2011

I read a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix that was based on this tradegy, and the strike beforehand. I loved the story, and it inspired me to try to learn more. This site was great. I feel so sorry for everyone who got trapped in that horrible tradegy, and I hope Max Blanck felt guilty for everything he caused to those hundreds of families for the rest of his life. – C.M, Aloha, OR   25 Jul 2011

Excellent site. Sad to say, but similar tragedies can still happen, even nowadays. – Stefano , Rome, Italy   17 Jul 2011

It's sickening reading about how unprepared the owners of the factory were. Let's just hope something this bad with this many losses never happens again. – Erin, Minnesota   16 Jul 2011

Kudos to the gentlemen mentioned in the Chicago Tribune article for rescuing 150 of the workers. People's actions in this event are eerily similar to the 9/11 Trade Center attack. The more things change the more things stay the same. – Wyett Colclasure, Belcamp, MD   13 Jul 2011

Terrable Tragity – Charles Floeser, Rochester ,NY   4 Jul 2011

This is quite interesting – Kelly Sawyer, Blue Island, IL   2 Jul 2011

Out of this horrendous event came laws and procedures of safety that we are now blessed to have. I am very grateful and remember the victims of the fire when I see the sprinkler systems at work and home.May they all be in Heaven embraced in Love. – Yvette Orvis, Charlotte North Carolina   1 Jul 2011

Very inspirational story and a very informative site about the Triangle Factory Fire. – Shalita, Valdosta, GA   1 Jul 2011

This site is very informative and is a good source to learn about the Triangle Factory Fire. – Carmen, Valdosta, GA   28 Jun 2011

Out of this tragedy we have triumphed. Triumphed over labor issues, over fire safety in the workplace and over this tragedy the importance of standing up for yourself as well as others. So I say thank you. Thank you to those victims and their families for making sure that theirs deaths were not in vain. I have learned a lot over the last few says researching this Tragedy and I am going to make sure I share it with my family so that it will not be forgotten!!! – Shelley, Paicines, CA   26 Jun 2011

Important to remember these strong women who didn't take no for an answer. – Denise, Santa Fe   19 Jun 2011

this story has now inspired me to research my family history since my great grandfather arrived in ny and worked in the garment industry at this time andmy family lived on the LES. Two things that i still dont understand with this fire--what happened with the freight elevators that day and i read in a few places that human chains formed between the roofs but the roofs touched and they used ladders. because the heights were different. is that story a myth? does anyone know? – elena, staten island   13 Jun 2011

My father, age 7 at that time, was a mascot at one of the fire stations that responded to the fire. Because he was left-handed he could not tie his school tie, and so he stopped at the fire house each morning to have one of the firemen do it for him. Our fire fighters are public servants to be revered. – SG., Florida   12 Jun 2011

this is so depressing...... I would have hated to have been one of though's people in their.. its so messed up of all the things they did back then... im so glad our work places are better......... its still not as pleasnt as we wish it could be but its way better and safer than back then.... – secara hulett, jamestown, NY   10 Jun 2011

This whole website is so sad every time i looked at a sad picture i wanted to cry,example:like when the people were in the coffins:( – Keiona Nance, Buffalo,NY   9 Jun 2011

Every thing on this website is sad. – Skylar Hillman, Jamestown NY   9 Jun 2011

For some moments in life there are no words. ~David Seltzer – Linda Hong, St.Louis MO   8 Jun 2011

As a staff employee of the Int'l Ladies Garment Workers' Union (Workers United) for nearly 50 years, there hasn't been a week pass without mention of the Triangle Fire, as if it was yesterday. Thank you for maintaining the facts of this important labor moment in history. – SHELDON GOBERMAN, PHILADELPHIA, PA   7 Jun 2011

i have to write a research paper on this subject and this website is super helpful. the primary sources are amazing. p.s. rip for those who lost their lives in this horrible day. – nilou;), nyc   5 Jun 2011

this was a terrbile thing, and made me thank god that safety practices are attempting to constantly get better. – willie johnson, houston   5 Jun 2011

I am teaching an OSHA 10-Hour General industry course starting tomorrow. I always share this event with students, it is heart wrenching yet comforting to know that times have changed and OSHA is making a remarkable difference in the way we work today. RIP dear victims... – Herman Broodryk, Wichita Kansas   5 Jun 2011

im so thrilled to see school projects on this subject. this way the memory lives on. I worked at the wtc on 9/11 and never heard of the triangle fire [sorry to say] until I read a comparison in the newspapers. I now cannot get enough information. I attended the 100th memorial at the site. I've read most of the books too. This event should be a staple in NYC history in all schools. It is relevant on many levels from womens rights to workers rights, fire safety, workplace safety, immigration, etc. etc. etc. Thanks for a wonderful website. I keep researching to learn as much as I can. The original documents are great! – elena, staten island   19 May 2011

im so thrilled to see school projects on this subject. this way the memory lives on. I worked at the wtc on 9/11 and never heard of the triangle fire [sorry to say] until I read a comparison in the newspapers. I now cannot get enough information. I attended the 100th memorial at the site. I've read most of the books too. This event should be a staple in NYC history in all schools. It is relevant on many levels from womens rights to workers rights, fire safety, workplace safety, immigration, etc. etc. etc. Thanks for a wonderful website. I keep researching to learn as much as I can. The original documents are great! – elena, staten island   19 May 2011

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