Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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Great site-very informative! A very sad but true story. many thanks! – Massimo Delle Fratte, Italy   20 Feb 2011

WOW! this fire was so tragic and yet amazing. It really caused reform to take place. I am doing History Day on this topic. this was very helpful! thanks – LB, USA   20 Feb 2011

This is a sad story. So many young individuals died and mostly in their early twenties just as I am. When tragedies like this happens it makes you stop and think about how precious life is. – Tonya, St. louis, Mo   16 Feb 2011

This is so vivid and horrible. I can't believe those cruel, cruel people. This is an insanely helpful site, but those witnesses brought tears to my eyes. :( – Anonymous, USA   16 Feb 2011

sad story :( – Douglas, North Dakotatown   16 Feb 2011

i just learned about this in history and just had to learn more about it. – B.P., soledad, ca   15 Feb 2011

This story is very sad and the pictures are vivid along with the book. – S.R.L,   15 Feb 2011

The vivid details concerning The Triangle Factory Fire continue to linger in my mind... – George Bruno Suárez, Houston, Texas   15 Feb 2011

A very sad but true story. – ghostofjon, Florida   14 Feb 2011

A very sad true story. – ghostofjon, Florida   14 Feb 2011

I was forced to read Upton Sinclair's novel THE JUNGLE and needed a source for my paper that related and wound up finding this story to be extremely tragic. I have the utmost respect and love for the Women Unions and people who fought for there justice. Never forget -much love. – Josh Phelps, Louisville   13 Feb 2011

Great site-very informative – Dan, NJ   13 Feb 2011

How unbelievable to know this happened AGAIN 80 years later in Hamlet, N.C. – T. P., North Carolina   11 Feb 2011

this is a very sad story – D.Powell, ohio   10 Feb 2011

I can't believe they made them do that i am a student and I just can't believe it happened. Just think you could have been in that. It's hard for me to read the story's I just want to cry:( – sad girl, florida, usa   9 Feb 2011

I recently finished the book Uprising in my 9th grade english class. To think that someone died like this is just...to much to comprehend. I'm sure that I wouldn't have known what to do. I wish that there was something more i could do for the people who died.... -Much love – Hannah McPherson, Alabama, USA   7 Feb 2011

I was referred to this web page by a friend of mine for a project at my job and I would like to give my condolences to anyone who lost a loved one to this horrible fire. – EA, USA   6 Feb 2011

I was referred to this web page by a friend of mine for a project at my job and I would like to give my condolences to anyone who lost a loved one to this horrible fire. – EA, USA   6 Feb 2011

Let us never forget the people who lost thier lives in the fire, the survivors and thier families. – DAR, Louisville,Ky   6 Feb 2011

What a wonderful website! I first learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory strikes in my 8th grade history class - the same year that I found out that Clara Lemlich is my great grandmother. As a descendant of this firebrand, I am proud to say that every generation of women in our family after Clara has continued her legacy of fighting for justice, education, civil rights, children, and the rights of all. Thank you for honoring all of the men and women who risked and gave their lives - who gave voice to what really matters. Will this website continue to add more of Clara's articles? My family would love to know. Thank you Cornell University for hosting this site. – ard, philadelphia, pa   4 Feb 2011

My great grand mother was Providenzia Panno (Bucalo), listed as one of the victims. She wasn't supposed to be there at the factory that day, but she forgot her sheers. The workers had to buy their own sheers and the were very expensive. Afraid that they would be taken, she went back to pick them up and was locked in. She jumped to her death. I found this wonderful website while helping my son conduct research for his BSA Merit Badge about our family history and important significant American historical events. Imagine..... this happened 100 years ago. Thank you for all your research. – Marissa Souza, Indiana   2 Feb 2011

I first learned about this tragic event in my Women's biography class. We read an article about it that was very informative and detailed. As juniors at my high school we must pick a topic (someting in America) and research it and write a paper about it. After hearing the story in Women's bio I wanted to learn more and have found a lot of information from this website! Such a sad event. – Brooke, IL   2 Feb 2011

I didn't know anything about this until now. I'm working on it for a college paper. – Terri Frazier, Pampa, TX   2 Feb 2011

This is an amazing website full of great primary and secondary sources. My National History Day project is based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory strikes and fire and this website has helped me so much. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create it!! – Bri, Independence, Missouri   2 Feb 2011

Very interesting. You learn a lot when you get assigned to do topics not a lot people know about. – Aaron , Texas   2 Feb 2011

This is a really neat website.I am doing a research project on this subject. It puts me in shock to see how many people lost their lives because of bad managment. – A.V., ID   1 Feb 2011

this is so sad ! if only they had good fire exits and stuff. – SL, MN   1 Feb 2011

Very neat website, keep it up! – Jarrett, Live Oak, FL   1 Feb 2011

I am doing my History Day project on this topic and it is sooo interesting. – Katie L, Becker, MN   31 Jan 2011

This is an important part of history that should never be forgotten. Thanks for keeping this information alive so that people can have access to history. http://ekeurigcoffeemaker.com/keurig-b70/ – keurig B70, Atlanta   31 Jan 2011

I am taking a class on Women's Voices and this was part of our reading. This was a very sad story. This story reminds me of the stories lately of the coal mines. – Layvette Evans, Lakeland,GA   30 Jan 2011

I came across this site accidentally, while researching ethics. It was a somber reminder that the industrial revolution was not exactly our brightest historical legacy, with regard to labor laws and ethical standards. Thank you for telling this story - it is an important one! – Colleen, Ohio   28 Jan 2011

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to observe what happens when profit is the only goal; greed prevails. Our children of today have been treated with dignity because of these workers. – Marie N., Cleveland   27 Jan 2011

i really feel bad for the victimsm –   27 Jan 2011

Doing a research paper on this. Very interesting. – KT, mo   27 Jan 2011

Doing a research paper on this. Very interesting. – KT, mo   27 Jan 2011

This really opened my eyes up to the greed that was behind this unfortunate event. It's a shame that things like this have to happen in order for change to take place. I'm happy to know that our justice system makes a little bit more sense today then it did back then. Those families still deserve their justice! – Amanda, NC   26 Jan 2011

i know thta i have already posted a comment, but i would like to give my condolences to the familys of the victims. the victims will always be remembered. :( – mjr, williamsburg virginia   26 Jan 2011

I want to thank Cornel for hosting this web sight. The tragedy of the Triangle Factory Fire is revelant today. We see that profit is the bottom line. We have workers killed every day because corners are cut to accomodate time or to save money, always to accomodate profit. we have enviromental calaminities like BP oil rig in the Gulf. Eleven people lost their lives because safety precaution expenses were considered too costly. We have an enviromental crisis and it will take taxpayer money to address the full scope of it. The EPA , our tax dollars are working to clean up enviromental disasters which kill or compromises people's health. We the people pay not the industries It's not as dramatic as this fire but it's happening all over the US. We can't address global warming because it cuts into the profit of Wall Street. We can't spend tax dollars on Single Payer Health Care because it will affect the profits of Health, Drug and Insurance Companies. So we the people will endure a health limited existance or will die because we can't afford our health care costs. Just as in the Triangle Factory Fire, we have a court system that will not hold any CEO accountable..or damages may be paid after years in the court system and an agreement is reached with confidentiality as one of its tenets... It's going to be the 100th year anniversity of this tragedy..We still have a long way to go toward improving working conditions. They've improved..but not nearly enough to honor the memory of those who have died – MOC, Lowell, MA   25 Jan 2011

I want to thank Cornel for hosting this web sight. The tragedy of the Triangle Factory Fire is revelant today. We see that profit is the bottom line. We have workers killed every day because corners are cut to accomodate time or to save money, always to accomodate profit. we have enviromental calaminities like BP oil rig in the Gulf. Eleven people lost their lives because safety precaution expenses were considered too costly. We have an enviromental crisis and it will take taxpayer money to address the full scope of it. The EPA , our tax dollars are working to clean up enviromental disasters which kill or compromises people's health. We the people pay not the industries It's not as dramatic as this fire but it's happening all over the US. We can't address global warming because it cuts into the profit of Wall Street. We can't spend tax dollars on Single Payer Health Care because it will affect the profits of Health, Drug and Insurance Companies. So we the people will endure a health limited existance or will die because we can't afford our health care costs. Just as in the Triangle Factory Fire, we have a court system that will not hold any CEO accountable..or damages may be paid after years in the court system and an agreement is reached with confidentiality as one of its tenets... It's going to be the 100th year anniversity of this tragedy..We still have a long way to go toward improving working conditions. They've improved..but not nearly enough to honor the memory of those who have died – MOC, Lowell, MA   25 Jan 2011

I am doing a school research paper on this at the moment and this article really helped me out! Thank you so much for documenting important history. – Lily, UK   25 Jan 2011

i would just like to say in the list of deaths i did not see Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold and she was lost in the as well – celeste walton, alabama   25 Jan 2011

i would just like to say in the list of deaths i did not see Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold and she was lost in the as well – celeste walton, alabama   25 Jan 2011

My great aunt Diana was a victim. Thank for keeping the history and the memory of the people who lost their lives. – Leif Gerjuoy, New Hampshire   24 Jan 2011

To Kenny Lester: Thank you for your comment concerning image captions. By clicking on the “i” in the lower right corner of the enlarged image, you will be able to display or hide the caption. – Kheel Center staff, Ithaca, NY   24 Jan 2011

great site. – QEF, georgia   24 Jan 2011

Wow. So sad for what those family's lost. I have read The Uprising and The Locket- surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. I want to know so much more about it. Terrible tragedy. My friend said only 146 people out of 600 died, but that was 146 too many. Know only about 50 people would've died. Only about 80 of those people died from burning. Most people died from jumping. – Melina H., MO   21 Jan 2011

This site really helped me at school to understand the bad working conditions that existed 100 years ago and still exist now. It was a very tear-jerking article. – Serena P., Tucson, Arizona   21 Jan 2011

This website is cool and all, but when you look at pictures the text below them takes up like half the picture. its annoying because you cant take it down. so you should change that. please. – Kenny Lester, Anchorage Alaska   21 Jan 2011

Powerful site. Of great value in my labor history class at the University of Florida. – Bob Zieger, Gainesville, FL   21 Jan 2011

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