Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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I read a book called from the ashes it was about this shirtwaist company. It got me really interested on the things that went on here at this factory. The book was so sad I started crying during my communication arts class. Your site is sad but a good one. – Irish Rose, United States   20 Oct 2005

where are the triangle factiry fire laws – alex, harrison   20 Oct 2005

The site was really good. I learned a lot and since my class is doing some research on this topic, I think it is a got site to research. – AA, San Elizario, Tx   20 Oct 2005

does anyone know where i can find the nationalities/origins of each of the victims, or at least a few of the victims? i am writing a screenplay on the triangle factory fire, and i wanted to know more about the vicitms individually...any help would be appreciated,thanks... – snj, lilburn,ga   19 Oct 2005

This site was really cool and i think more people should get on here and learn about the tragity of working in a sweatshop and how dangerious it can be! – BK, hollywood,nevada   19 Oct 2005

I pray that we have sufficiantly learned from this tragidy so that it will NEVER be repeated, ever! Now all should pray for those that died in the fire. – Trudi Larson, Newton, MA   17 Oct 2005

Great Resources. Props to Cornell.TAMUCC STUDENT. – PGL, CORPUS CHRISTI   16 Oct 2005

this sight has really help me understand what happened in history and gave me a accurate information that i couldnt find anywhere else for my sophmore english class!! I would have done something if i was alive back then .... it is soo sad. If onlly there was another way out!! i hope that this sight can help everyone else too. – Lisette, houston,texas   12 Oct 2005

Very insightful and accurate website for my high school senior class. – Sharon S., St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.   10 Oct 2005

What a poiniant testimononial to this most tragic event! The story is informative and emotionally impacting. At the age of 47, this is unfortunately the first time I had heard of this fire. This story should not be lost to the ages, and the people who were lost should in fact be remembered, as their deaths actually brought about laws so that something like this would be less likely to occur in the future. – DK, Stanton, California USA   6 Oct 2005

Im from India i just started reading the story about the fire and i really come know it must of been terrible. I was reading because i am looking for a story for U.S History – Prasanna, India   6 Oct 2005

I am doing my coursework at college on this fire. I found the site very useful and also unbelievably moving. i couldnt make it through the site without tears. – Laura Burton, Midlands, England   5 Oct 2005

we are reading this in TELL ME A STORY – kmc, kc mo   30 Sep 2005

The laws that were changed regarding the 1911, New York fire – Janelle Preuss, ceres, california   29 Sep 2005

wow i'm a jounior at high school i never imagine anybosy being that mean locking doors so people would get. this story was very interesting. there are no words to explain it. – Tomball High School , Tomball,Texas, tomball tx   28 Sep 2005

This was a very interesting story. I was especially captured by the movie a few years ago. – pbf, pearl, mississippi   28 Sep 2005

I had no idea that so much exploitation was happening. I read a couple of the stories about women who lived in that time period and I personally could not do half of the things those people did to survive and contribute to the family. – MYCOOSINGH, queens village, new york   23 Sep 2005

i am watching the the news shows i can i see our changeing slowly or all these horrible things abd i kno from the start we had our major down falls and then again the rises of the United States but with 9 11 and now with the hurricans i am just scared to see whats next bc this could be a weak time for us..and i also wnated to say that i congrat all the people who survie this GREAT COUNTRY OF OUR GOD BLESS AMERICA!! AND RIP FOR ALL WHO LOSE THERE LIVES TO 9 11 AND EVERY THING IN RELATION TO IT!! WE MISS YOU!! – Holly, Chicopee ma   23 Sep 2005

This and other sites like it are great for people to learn some of the less known yet important history of our country. Especially for current and future firefighters like myself. – Josh, Ohio   23 Sep 2005

As editor at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, see New York Times Apr 8, 1913 historical article – Baynon McDowell, New York   17 Sep 2005

Im from South Carolina and i was reading the story about the fire and i know it must of been terrible. I was reading because i am looking for a story for U.S History and seen this one and thought it was very interesting. Best Wishes and remember gods angels are always with you. – Samantha Knecht, Anderson South Carolina   16 Sep 2005

i like this site, it rocks ^-^ – matt, ohio   15 Sep 2005

I really want to buy this book – Ebony Brooks, Battle creek   15 Sep 2005

I may write a book about this tragedy, it is sadly awe-inspiring. – M.L., South Carolina   14 Sep 2005

This is a realy sad story... But things like this have to happen so we can learn from them.. And I believe justice was not served.. 75 dollars is not the same value of a life.. Although no one can estimate the worth of life, people who work earn more than $75. Without them, they would need lots of money. – Andera , OHIO   14 Sep 2005

This web is great!!I like the info about the Triangle Fire.I also feel so bad for the people. – R.H, Michigan   11 Sep 2005

I am writing an article for a monthly published News Paper,, I appreciate your effort and dedication to put all together in one website for the next generations to rememeber what happened . – Eramis Cruz, New York   3 Sep 2005

there should be the number of women and men and children killed sepratly – ashley , toledo ohio   1 Sep 2005

i am sorry to all the family that lose a family – sandiego lopez, chicago   30 Aug 2005

I'm reading "Triangle the fire that changed America" for my US History Duel Credit class. What was supposed to be a summer reading turned into procrastination and a stressful "must finish the book soon" reading. In reading this book I have realized how blessed I am. I am able to grow up in a time period where things like this dont seem to exist. This book amazes me because I havent heard of the Triangle Factory Fire before. So many things are left unsaid and thankfully there are few authors that will bring attention to things that happened in the past. The thought of so many women burning in a factory sends chills up my spine. Thanks for the website, it's helped a lot with my book report. Its good to know that people out there really do care about events that aren't always mentioned in classrooms. – ryann, texas   27 Aug 2005

I have been intrigued by the Triangle Factory Fire since seeing the movie in 79. I went to FIT (Fashion Inst. of Technology) on 27th st in Manhattan, and we studied labor unions and had to do a research project regarding them. I chose to use the Triangle Fire as my study, and learned so much from the research. If only I had this website to use as a reference, the information and stories are invaluable. My heart breaks for all those who suffered in this tragedy. – RF, Pennsylvania   26 Aug 2005

I commend you for your excellent website, Being a native New Yorker and avid History Buff, I have been reading about this event , and doing extensive research, I was back to New york, two weeks, and stopped on Greene Street, to see that famous building, My grandmother was only ll when this happened, but she recalled to me, that it was indeed a sad day for women workers in New York, at that time. What was very sad was that the victims were perceived by the owners as immature, and did not have enough insight; as a result more women suffered and died.; Tragically, it was business as usual, not long after the tragedy.How long women have suffered, doing piece work, and those women in the labor movement, are to be applauded for improving the conditions of women everyone, – Nancy Campion, oregon   9 Aug 2005

Great informative site, takes the place of a big encyclopedia! – PJH, Virginia   4 Aug 2005

My grandmother was a devout union lady for the garment union after this happened. She I guess had friends that worked there, and had worked at many of the sweatshops herself. Many laws and reforms were born out of this era, i.e. this fire, the General Slocum Steamboat fire, the Titanic, and it's a shame that people have to die first before action is taken, which goes to show that big corporations' greed was behind most of these situations that could easily have been avoided. What is scary is that this continues today (has anyone taken a look at large pharmaceutical companies?) – Carol DiNatale, Thomasville NC   1 Aug 2005

i learned about this in sixth grade and have been hooked on history ever since – pd, alabama   31 Jul 2005

In answer to Tony Ellison, and any others who have read my book, "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America" and have the same question: Rose Freedman died in the Triangle fire as I described. Another teenager, named Rose Rosenfeld, was among the survivors who escaped by running to the roof. Years later, she married a man named Freedman and only then became "Rose Freedman." She is the person who we believe to have been the last living survivor. Rose Rosenfeld Freedman died in Los Angeles in February 2001. Thanks for reading. – David Von Drehle, Washington, D.C.   29 Jul 2005

this is one of the sadest things to ever have happened and to think it still happens today. sweat shops and unfair treatment of worker still goes on in modern society. we can make a change only wear things from this site and help to make a difference in some poor workers life. – mb, australia   28 Jul 2005

I think it is sad! – Krista Walker, Virginia   25 Jul 2005

I am about half way through a book called Dreamland, by Kevin Baker,a fictional account of life in NYC during the early 1900's. Esther, one of the characters, works at the Triangle factory. The book describes the awful working conditions these immigrants endured. Although fiction, having seen this web site, I'm sure it is not far from the truth. I grew up in the Bronx and was familiar with this tragedy, although not in any detail. Your web site is very informative. I spent a lot of time looking at it. I'll go back to my book now and see where it's going. You've encouraged me to get a nonfiction account to read next. – A.L.M., Kentucky   16 Jul 2005

In Von Drehle's book, he says Rose Freedman died in the fire. Other websites report that she was the last living survivor, and passed away only in 2001. Does anyone know the source of this confusion? Thanks – Tony Ellison, San Francisco   15 Jul 2005

I must say that this story was unheard of to me until now.We've certainly have made progress and taken such outstanding stands when it comes to are rights. – Jeanette Clary, Detroit, MI   14 Jul 2005

Great site!!! Never knew this happened. – Abigail, Clermont, FL   11 Jul 2005

I was reading a book, which gave a passing reference to this tragedy. Your thoroughness to telling this story is to be commended. I have seldom seen such a complete examination of an incident involving greed, slavery, death and injustice in America's sometimes shameful history. Kudos to you all. – KLW, Illinois   4 Jul 2005

About a month ago I finished reading the book, Triangle-The fire that changed america, by David Von Drehle. What a movingly written account of that terrible fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. It opened my eyes to this horrible tragedy and what had to happen for change to take place. I am going to New York City tomorrow and plan to go to Greenwich Village and see the now Brown Building, formerly the Joseph Asche Building. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts. d.s., Bohemia, NY – D.S., Bohemia, New York   28 Jun 2005

i never knew of this story until today, and once i found this site, i was incredibly moved by its horror. it is now three in the morning, because i could not let these girls go once i learned their fate. this tragedy bears an eerie reminiscence of the matchfactory workers, and the radiumgirls. similar tragedies, both as immediately fatal and those who kill over time, have occurred in nearly all modern nations, and catastrophes like the triangle shirtwaist fire are seen today in asian sweatshops. thank you for making this website, to make the story take such a vivid form of life for us who never knew it before, so that we may never forget these girls and men, and what they in death did for the working conditions of their successors. – b.s., europe.   27 Jun 2005

I grew up on this story -- my mother was a member of the ILGWU (the fire was before her time, though). With people like Bush in power it can easily happen again -- what are human lives when running a factory on the cheap and making great American profits are concerned? – Dorothy Friend, The Bronx, NY   16 Jun 2005

yeah im doing a project in school and when i looked into this i thought that it was such a tradgity. These poor women could of been saved and its just so sad, dtill to this day. But in a way it is a learning experance because if it werent for this, then we might still have the same working conditions. this is a great site to get information. i got an a on my project! – T L C, rochester new york   13 Jun 2005

Greed and selfishness cost these lives. It is a shame that people never seem to learn from the past. – J C V, Bronx, New York   11 Jun 2005

this is horrible – am, chicago   10 Jun 2005

Tragedies such as the Triangle Factory are too often forgotten as was the case of the Station Nightclub in Rhode Island which claimed 100 lives on Feb. 20 2003. Again people became trapped due to inadequate exits and the lack of a fire sprinkler system. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. – John D, Fire Inspector, NJ   9 Jun 2005

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