Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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I found this horrible incident quit intresting and really tragic. Thank you for providing all this great information/pictures/and interviews with the surviers and such. It was really somthing neat to look at and somthing that students these days should take the time to realize how much we have now, and the tragic loses we had back then, and what people went though. Thank you for this website and all the helpfull information. God bless all the woman and children that were lost. Keep them in our prayers. – DG, MI Oct,4,2006   4 Oct 2006


THANKS FOR EVERYTNIHG – MA, SOMEWHERE   2 Oct 2006 you by any chance to have more pictures? Just very interested. – MA, rez   2 Oct 2006

Since I was a young teenager, I have long read stories about this very horrible incident. I, being a native New Yorker, was saddend to hear know that this very tragic event took place not far from where I was born. We, as a nation, must realise that it is up to us to take care of one another. Tragedies like this should never, never take place...we are our brother's keepers. We must listen to the whispers of the victims and learn from their story. God Bless and keep them and their memories. Please, America, let us learn from these incidents. Thank you for a very moving, very lovingly put together site. I have learned much. – D.A. Richards-Young, Tacoma, Washington   30 Sep 2006

I would like to see info about previos fire inspections and were the police monitoring the number of people enerting the club – Dawna, NEW Hampshire   30 Sep 2006

This is an incredible piece of history. The fire-proof building catches fire a year before the unsinkable ship sinks. It is also 90 years before the World Trade Center collapses. I can not help but think about the striking similarities between September 11, 2001 and March 25, 1911. No one was prepared on either of those dates for the horrible events that were destined to occur. Both buildings were said to be the best of the best. Both buildings failed to live up to their reputation. People jumped from the high stories of both buildings, not to survive, but to prevent suffering. Those fateful dates not only represent the tragedy that can occur but also the unity that can form in a city where people mind their own business and go about daily life without the concerns of others. It is ironic how history repeats itself. To all those that have died an untimely death and all the families who still are affected by these tragedies, please know that our prayers are with you and those souls that have been lost will never be forgotten or lost in time. God Bless – J. Manfre, New Jersey   28 Sep 2006

this is an interesting site – a c, pa   26 Sep 2006

It is so vital to keep this in the public eye so hopefully a tragedy of this magnitude will not be allowed to happen again. Only by constant vigilance can we hope to prevent recurrences. The general public are slow learners when it comes to these ugly facts. I am patiently waiting for an upsurge in Union membership to improve things for the younger generations following us. I am a retired member of Teamsters Local #267, Fort Collins, Colorado and proud of it! Thank you for this web site. Long may it live! P.Alps, Yoder, Wy. 24 Sep, 2006 – P.Alps, Yoder, Wy   24 Sep 2006

This was a good web site it was sad though. A lot of people lost there families i just want to take a min. for the families. When the teacher first started to talk about it i was like this is boreing but then it became interesting and i will never forget this lesson. And those poor immgrant women that was wrong. Mother Jones was very nice for what she did when she took them kids to the president tha was nice. – L.A, Benton Harbor   22 Sep 2006

ITS 2006! and were doing the traingle fire as our topic for our history fair. thank you, for providing this website for us. – E&H, FL   22 Sep 2006

As a history teacher, it is heartwarming to see the depth of research that went into this exhibit. The fire "changed" the way America works. This event brought heartache to many, but ultimately bettered the lives of millions. – S. Henkel, Wisconsin   21 Sep 2006

David Con Drehle should be commended on his research of this tragedy. History might have been lost and transcripts gone forever if he had not followed through with his investigation. This was an important lesson in American History and one that will never be forgotten. – Kathy, Connecticut   13 Sep 2006

I just read the article in the Smithsonian Magazine and I was heartsick over this tragedy - another monument to greed. I grieve for those families. – Carol F., New York   10 Sep 2006

I was so shocked and saddened by the story in Smithsonian magazine of the Triangle Factory fire. I am planning to read the book by David Von Drehle. The research he did is amazing. – Bonnie Manis, Deming, NM   6 Sep 2006

I use the pictures to reinforce supplemental reading for class discussion. – L Tate, Baton Rouge, LA   5 Sep 2006

I saw the story in the Smithsonian and looked at the site. Very fine work and a valuable contribution to historiography. I will direct my students in classes at DePaul Univ. to use this as a source in assigned papers on the conditions faced by immigrants in pre-union days. – Jim Janossy, Chicago, IL   4 Sep 2006

i have just read the book "triangle" and am stunned by the enormity of sadness and hoplessness of these workers--how very, very sad for all – km, michigan   2 Sep 2006

I am learning about this in my fashion merchandising course at the college and I had no idea about this tragic event! Very sad, but interesting! – Ashley Cooper, Stephenville, Texas   1 Sep 2006

I read the story in Smithsoian about how the court transcripts were recovered. What an amazing story ! Great website – elaine t, yorba linda ca   25 Aug 2006

This story is probably one of the most sad I' ve ever come across. I don't think the Triangle Factory fire was any less unfortunate than the Twin Towers that had fell 5 years ago. And what a coincidence that the Shirtwaist Fire had the same numbers in the date as the Iraq war broke out: 911, and also the same phone number in an emergency. This story drove me to learn more about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. – Abby Grasta, New York   24 Aug 2006

What a tragic story. I had heard a little about this fire a long time ago. Recently I read a book called Ashes of Roses, where the protagonist was a worker in this factory. It made me want to learn more about it. – Bonnie Thomas, Colorado   23 Aug 2006

AS sad as this story is, I find it as a great forward today as to where our past was. – Lisa, Tennessee   23 Aug 2006

“The Fire that Changed America” I read an article in the "Smithsonian" ‘Trial by Fire’ and was very intrigued by David Von Drehle diligence in finding out more about what happened that dreadful day. His diligence has allowed many silent voices be heard after so many years. The article has taken me to this website for more information. – Susan Millington, New Jersey   22 Aug 2006

It is difficult to imagine that this happened. A sad commentary of americana – Dave Larson, Brainerd, minn   19 Aug 2006

i thought that the book was very powerful and it had alot of emotion, it shows many emotions that many people can relate to and I would reccomend this book to anyone of all ages and they would really enjoy it and it might evev bring tears to a couple of eyes who are very emotional. – J.S., St. Matthews, S.C.   18 Aug 2006

Our book club Read David Van Drehle's book on this event this month. The book is powerful, & with the 5th anniv. of the destruction of the Twin Towers on our minds, readers can see many similarities. Although the fire was horrific to read about, one reads on due to the shared humanity & overwhelming feelings evoked. Mnay lessons about greed, power, the human spirit's capacity to overcome, mankind's vulnerability, safety, the law, labor, politics are all intertwined in this work! – LLS, Purcellville, VA   16 Aug 2006

I viewed this site after reading "Trail by Fire" by David Von Drehle in the Aug. 2006 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. This site is excellent and completely informative. The bulk of information and references to source material is asthonishing, especially after reading the magazine article which focused on how much information about the fire was missing. Great job done at Cornell. – Robert Baker, Palm Desert, CA   16 Aug 2006

Thankyou for sharing this story.This should have been a great lesson taught on the need for safe working conditions for the warehouses and factories.This was such a great tradgedy,an incident that could have been avoided.Also another thing,i don't care who you are or what social climate you are from,always treat people the way you would like to be treated and respect others no matter who they may be. – zita hill, memphis tn   16 Aug 2006

VERY SAD – JKG, T-TOWN   16 Aug 2006

I was told about this fire by my mother. the pictures are unbelievable. Thanks for presenting everything in such detail. – bf, bayonne, nj   14 Aug 2006

Thank you for adding the Trial Transcripts, I teach Law & Justice and can't wait to use those in my classroom this year. Thank you so much for this site. – Diane Wright, Durham, NC   13 Aug 2006

I grew up in Chicago, and of course, I always heard of "The Great Chicago Fire", yet I never knew of such suffering in New York. My heart broke for all these people, especially when I saw the picture of the doctors examining the boy on the sidewalk. It pains me to know now that Chicago wasn't the only city who had a great fire that took many lives, so did New York. May God bless every family who survived this tragedy, who were able to pass history to their loved ones, and may God be with the poor souls lost in this fire. – sjp, Kenosha,WI   10 Aug 2006

My Grandparents, all imigrants, were struggling and raising their families in Brooklyn at the time of the fire. As I read the names of the victims and survivors, I felt that I knew each one of them because they were the type people I grew up with and their names and addresses and jobs were so familiar that my eyes filled with tears. In their name I thank you. – Donald C., Brooklyn originally   9 Aug 2006

Thank you for preserving and presenting this information. I have listened to the oral histories and look forward to many more hours of research through the site. – Michael Bloom, Lagunitas, Ca.   6 Aug 2006

Thank you for this research and website. I'm an architect working as a state civil servant in accessibility (ADA) code compliance and a delegate to my union, PECG and prior with SEIU. Before state service, I was an organizer and planner for a immigrant farm worker community in San Diego. Regrettably there's very little education in the univesities connecting the struggles for people's rights and the development and understanding of building codes, which is typically relegated as a vocational after-thought. Architecture is often treated as an abstract art or as a commercial commodity while rejecting its modern origins as a tool for social change. Hopefully this research will help students and professionals understand why we enforce the codes. People demand action, but usually nobody listens until after somebody pays with their life. – Carlos Araujo, Glendale, CA   4 Aug 2006

Thank you for your incredible effort to preserve the memory and lessons of the Triangle Fire. I heard about the Triangle Fire from my mother, growing up in NY. My grandmother, I believe, lived near the Triangle when she first came to America, just before the fire. One hundred years later, and not much changes. – Nadine L., Bellingham, WA   2 Aug 2006

This story needs to be told again and again so we don't forget that only the workers can really look after the workers. Sweat shops still exist both here and overseas. Use your buying power to stop them. – Betty Siegel, Massachusetts   1 Aug 2006

I work on Mercer Street, not far from the building where the Triangle Factory was located. I have also taken course at NYU in that building. It is a horrible feeling, standing on the spot where so many people died needlessly. Your site is valuable, well thought-out, and valuable. Kudos. – K. Locke, NYC   31 Jul 2006

Thank you for keeping these ugly truths in the public record. – Ray C, Bloomfield Hills, MI   28 Jul 2006

researching industrila safety – R. Maffett, Houston, Tx   26 Jul 2006

Such a shame, but we live and learn. – DHS, Rochester NY   26 Jul 2006

Wow! Thank you for your fantastic efforts to preserve this information. – Brent Edward Vallens, Porter Ranch, Callifornia   26 Jul 2006

Ilove history. But with history come tragedy and I was never aware of this tragedy in our us history. It brings insight into the progress to makes the workplace and safer for all. Thanks for the story we all need these to open our eyes! – kmthomis, LA   25 Jul 2006

I too read the recent Smithsonian article and I am in awe of the meticulous presentation of all of your labors at this site. I can hardly wait to share your presentation with my students in September as an example of research par excellence and the way to make history come alive. Thank you so much! – Arlene Stafford, New Britain, CT   25 Jul 2006

After reading the Smithsonian article I was drawn to this website and have been mesmerized by the site. Thank you for sharing this horrific tragedy in US history. – AMB, Cincinnati, OH   24 Jul 2006

Thank you for all the effort to publish the trial transcript! – Craig Kenneck, Concrete, WA   24 Jul 2006

What a horrible story. These poor immigrant women. – Adelina N Healy, Dudley, MA   23 Jul 2006

I applaud the creators of this site. This travesty is one of many dark truths of America's history. This is truly, a mournful event. – Ginger Winowich, Dublin, Ohio   22 Jul 2006

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s and the Triangle Fire has always haunted me. Thank you for this wonderful site. May they finally rest in peace. – JE, Phoenix, Arizona   22 Jul 2006

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