Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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The Triangle Fire should wake up the governor of Wisconsin about the necessity of unions. If there were no unions, we, as workers, would be on a longer work day with a smaller pay and definitely conditions that involve our safety. Employers i.e. CEO and stockholders worry more about their pockets then the saftey of the worker. A compromise needs to be met and I feel a good repore between employer and employee is needed. You may not like the union but a lot of have benefit from them. – Betty A., New Hampshire   21 Mar 2011

It has been 20 years and I've never forgotten the photo in my high school history book of the victims of this fire. I suppose never forgetting is all we can do for these brave souls. I plan to share their experience with my own daughters when they're older. – J Pearce, Pleasant Hill, CA   21 Mar 2011

I just heard of this tragic story from watching the CBS Sunday Morning show w/Charles Osgood. I have not recalled hearing of it before this. I spent the last hour perusing each name, reading the details. It must have been, aside from war, the single most horrific tragedy of that time. I feel horrible knowing of such loss of life; that could have been prevented. While I feel for every one of them, their families, I'm particularly drawn to Maria Giuseppa Lauletti's story. I realize she also lost her younger sister Isabella Tortorelli in this same fire. However, it states Maria was married, 5 children survived her. Further noting elsewhere, that 4 of her 5 children were sent to live in an orphanage. Interested to know what became of them, her husband as well? I wish, in honor of their upcoming passing of 100 yrs., descendants would step forth and tell what it is rtheir families remembered of each of them. They deserve to not be forgotten, for their mass passing created change to protect and to serve the rights & welfare of those that remained, followed in their factory working footsteps. 146 blessings to them as well also to their families for their great loss. – Lisa Marie Cross, Palm Springs, CA   21 Mar 2011

I have read many books and articles about this tragedy. My grandfather, Elias Kanter, was able to relate the story to me about how he and other NYU law students were able to save so many of the workers. I am so proud of him. – Gail S., Boynton Beach, Florida   20 Mar 2011

I am doing an essay on The Triangle Factory Fire and i am shocked at how the story unfolded as i read each interview and article and testimony...its insane how people were treated the way these women and girls were and how most of thier stories ended. I truely have respect for the ones whose lives have been lost and those who have survived. This essay is really changing my perspective on jobs. – Jessica Castillo, Roosevelt, NY   20 Mar 2011

I was horrified at the conditions and the about the way people treated fellow human beings. I am greatful to have had oportunity to work for a job with a good union to protect my rights which I see the groundwork was laid by this tragedy. – T Eure, Salisbury, MD 21804   20 Mar 2011

I am taking a college course in HR.My first focus was to find information on codes and regulations.I was appualed by the negligence of government and industry with no reguard of souls. – RNB, San Diego Ca   20 Mar 2011

What a horrific tragedy that my husband's Great Aunt Hattie Kufahl had endured. This is history and I'm happy to see that these victims are remembered. – BK, LI   20 Mar 2011

As a graduate student at the ILR school in 1961 I heard and learned all about the fire and its aftermath. This latest information brings the tragedy full circle for me – Michasel Rochester, Philadelphia, PA   20 Mar 2011

Very depressing. T_T – Erin N. Smith, Roanoke, VA   20 Mar 2011

. My first job was in a garment factory, earing $2.30 an hour. I identify with these young women, I was 19 and a mother, sewing. Even in 1975 bundles of garments blocked the back doors, we were locked in, so no one would seek a smoke. The first time I saw someone coming with the key to let us out at lunch I paniced, thinking what if there was a fire. The triangle fire was the true begining of the womens movement, the outrage felt by many made many positive changes for working women. We are all in debt to the women that died and the women who stood up and forced change. – VW, Tennessee   20 Mar 2011

It is tragic to think of what might have been for these people. To their descendants I send my deepest sympathies for the loss of their loved ones and all that might have been had they lived. – MRC, Iowa   20 Mar 2011

My aunts were garment factor workers at age 14. My grandfather forced them out of school to work. Sadly, this could have been them. Greed is and was alive and well then and now. – Rebecca , San Antonio TX   20 Mar 2011

I am a student writing a paper about the Triangel fire. I made my choice from watching about it on Sunday Morning. – mlb, Indiana   20 Mar 2011

i seen it on tv on a sunday morning it touched me so. i cant get over all the women working so hard. this needs to be remembered every year. r.i.p. my heart crys out. GOD BLESS FANNY ROSEN.... 3/20/11 – lois jean fortuna rose, huntington west virginia   20 Mar 2011

There are no words...Rest in Peace. – M Herzog, Massachusetts   20 Mar 2011

There are no words...Rest in Peace. – M Herzog, Massachusetts   20 Mar 2011

Interesting how people working people were treated one hundred years ago. Seems like we just moved the sweatshops abroad. – Rich Anothony, Mount Dora, Florida   20 Mar 2011

Paying tribute to the victims and hope their tragic sacrifice will not be forgotten. Wondering if Tillie Kupferschmidt might be our family member. The Kupfermans came from Austria as well and settled in the Bronx. – Kay Katz and Stan Kupferman, Rockville, MD   20 Mar 2011

my southern ,southern italian blood, cries out in pain. I cannot help but wonder if these women hadnot been italian/jewish imm. would the outcome andthe outrage be different. of course, my mind cannot help but go there. – buttertup anna haney, canton,n.c.   20 Mar 2011

Now we remember why unions are important. All benefits we have at work are the result of unions fighting for them first. – Fox, New Jersey   20 Mar 2011

This tragedy is still a painful lesson for us all on what happens when management loses respect for the lives and safety of workers. It is particularly a propos because of the recent attacks in legislatures on labor unions. – Therese Green, Mobile, AL   19 Mar 2011

Wonderful site, full of valuable information. – Mike Quigley, Fredericksburg, Iowa   19 Mar 2011

im a student at The Greene School and i an doing a project on the triangle factory fire – ZTJ, Rhode Island   19 Mar 2011

im a student at The Greene School and i an doing a project on the triangle factory fire – ZTJ, Rhode Island   19 Mar 2011

I am 12 years of age and i am learning about this for school which is cyberschool. I think that it is very sad for those who died and lost their family. To put or make an image in your head would make you want to cry, I wish that this problem could have been prevented. – Manny Alamo, Alloway, N.J   18 Mar 2011

There has been considerable communication among family members recently: Fanny Rosen was my grandmother's older sister. We all knew that she had perished in the fire, and it is so gratifying to see the efforts that were taken to identify the remaining victims. Heartfelt thanks to those who participated in this process. – Lynne Lubek, Toronto, Canada   18 Mar 2011

I am a 6th grade Social Studies teacher in Queens and we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary by showing the PBS DVD to all our sixth graders, and then having them write the names of the victims in chalk, and then visiting the monument at Mt. Zion Cemetary in Maspeth which is only four blocks from our school. PS229Q – Caroline Roswell-Ron-Gruss, Queens, NY   18 Mar 2011

I am 15 years old, and as a freshman, we are learning about the triangle shirtwaist factory fire in my english and history classes. To me, I cannot even fathom what it would be like to watch so many girls my own age, jumping to their death, or burning to death. I can't imagine being trapped in such an awful situation. My respect, and prayers go out to all of the victims, the victims' families, and the survivors. I hope they find the greatness that came out of the tragedy. Because of these girls, working conditions and safety precautions are taken much more seriously. – Jordan Presto, Bethlehem Pennsylvania   18 Mar 2011

I am 14 years old, and my English and History classes have been learning about immigration and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. I think it's so horrible that Blanck and Harris let 146 workers die, all for profit. I can't imagine how I would feel if I was in the shoes of those who died. So many of them were so young and had their whole lives ahead of them. They were just trying to make a living, and support themselves and their families. The fear they felt when they couldn't get out and that they were going to die was probably the worst feeling some one could experience. They didn't deserve to die because of someone's selfishness. – Kasey Gallagher, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania   18 Mar 2011

My english class read " Ashes Of Roses" which an amazing book. Now were learning more about the Triangle Shirt waist fire I feel very bad that even the teenagers of my age were killed. Now this website makes me want to learn lots more. – JaneaG., Bethlehem,PA   18 Mar 2011

This is a very informative site. I have always known about this tradgedy from reading about it in the past. It is one of those tradgedys that stay with once you know what actually happened. One of the best things about this site is that it gives life to the victims through the interviews done in the late 50's. I am an American history buff, and that time period occupies most of my research. The fist hand accounts make history come alive for me. These are very insteresting and informative. – WFN, Memphis TN   18 Mar 2011

I teach Reading & Language Arts in middle school and we spend two days on the Triangle Factory Fire every year. Students always begin the study indifferent, and end up always wanting to read more. May God bless the souls of all who died. – Jerry Edmonston, Tallahassee, FL   17 Mar 2011

This is so sad what happend. I am 14 years old and cant image that youths my age where killed in this. I consider this muder because Blanck and Harris were in it for the money. So the saftey of these women were on the line from the second that they put one foot inside that building not knowing when their last day would be not knowing it would be at a young age. – Brittany Walters, Jacksonville, Florida   17 Mar 2011

I am only 11 years of age and my morning group is learning about the Triangle Factory Fire .I cant imagine how devasting it was for those people to try to get out and them knowing they were going to die if they couldn't get out because everything was locked . I hope to learn more about the fire and waht happend – Brianna LaBrie , New York   16 Mar 2011

I first read Uprising, a book covring this topic on mky 12th B-Day. You should defently read Uprising – Emmy Mitchell, Blacksburg, VA   16 Mar 2011

I teach 8th grade U.S. History and we are about to cover this period in history. This website was very informative. – Ann Robare, Hillsdale, Michigan   15 Mar 2011

I teach at University of MN-Morris. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle fire, UMM is hosting a showing of the PBS "American Experience film, "Triangle", followed by a panel discussion comparing 1911 and today in four areas: immigration, labor unions, women, and workplace safety. – Philip Deger, St Cloud. MN   14 Mar 2011

I am only nine years of age,and those poor shirtwaist worker girls!I just finished reading a book on the shirtwaist fire by Margaret Peterson Haddix,and the book is called 'Uprising'. If I were those giris,I would be so scared I wouldn't think right! – Emily, Ontario,Canada   14 Mar 2011

Horrific! Tragic! and Totally Preventable! – Chris Ilomaki, Toronto On   13 Mar 2011

I am using the research here for a performance piece. It will be part of a labor history salon to teach those who decry the "greedy unions" just what our lives might be like without them. In unity we are strong. Thank you for this wonderful piece of labor history. – Jill, Los Angeles   13 Mar 2011

God Bless those who perished and their families. – UT, NJ   12 Mar 2011

God bless those little girls. I am only 12 and I am doing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire as a book report, and it is the saddest thing I have read. Those poor little girls worked to help their familys, and died. – N.S.M, Georgia   12 Mar 2011

I read a fictional diary based on the shirtwaist workers strikes and struggles. The Triangle Factory Fire was included in the book, and I was amazed to find out it was all true. This story brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. And the worst thing is, half the kids my age don't know about ANY of this stuff. But, I'm only in the 5th grade. – H. L., CA   11 Mar 2011

My school is doing the play version of this story right now, and the opening night is the 100th anniversary. That's this year! Remember the girls of the Triangle Factory this March 25th. – Lanie, Idaho   11 Mar 2011

To Jan from NY- My mother is a Benanti. Her father came to NYC around the same time that your great aunt Tessa and her cousin, Vincenza, did. Do you know the family tree on your Benanti side so that we may see if the Benanti families came together? I heard about this through my cousin and have been curious about Vincenza and her family tree. – L. (Benanti), NJ   11 Mar 2011

To Jan from NY- My mother is a Benanti. Her father came to NYC around the same time that your great aunt Tessa and her cousin, Vincenza, did. Do you know the family tree on your Benanti side so that we may see if the Benanti families came together? I heard about this through my cousin and have been curious about Vincenza and her family tree. – L. (Benanti), NJ   11 Mar 2011

So sad! – Megan S, Midvale, Utah   11 Mar 2011

wow – cbc, utah   11 Mar 2011

God bless all of these victims. How thorough this information is. Sad - the youngest victims were only 14 - they should have been enjoying a long life. May they have all found peace. – Dr. Maligno, Staten Island   11 Mar 2011

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