Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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I saw a film 20+ years ago regarding this tragedy. We are currently studying it in our U.S. History class regarding the slow progress made by labor regarding health and safety issues. – ST, romeoville, IL   30 Sep 2003

Thank you for a great site. When I was in law school, I saw a videotaped lecture by Irving Younger on cross-examination. He said Max Steuer cross-examined Sophie Shapiro and that the acquittal was right. Only much later did I learn that there was no such witness and that the acquittals were a travesty. Younger didn't know what he was talking about, but this site does. May God bless the Triangle victims, survivors and heroes. Solidarity forever! – Walter McClatchey, Alexandria, LA   27 Sep 2003

This is one of the issues in my college textbook.thank you for making history come alive. – SH, WI   27 Sep 2003

nice web great information :) – D.B, CT   26 Sep 2003

Your website helped me a great deal with my research paper. Thank You – Brie Foster, Gaithersburg, MD   26 Sep 2003

very interested in the occurences – JL, MAine   25 Sep 2003

Website helped me so much to write a paper for my college class on sweatshops. – Devin Reed, Kokomo, IN   25 Sep 2003

Articles from this site were required reading for my American History course here at the University at Buffalo. I have to say that I enjoyed reading them... – Anne Chiotti, Ithaca, NY   20 Sep 2003

i love ur web site – md, york   18 Sep 2003

Thank you for this site. What a tragedy the fire was! I'm researching it for a Social Work class. Thank you for tracking down the names of the victims, and making a list available so they won't be forgotten. – IFR, Minot, ND   17 Sep 2003

it is very sad what hAPPENED. to have went on strike and get locked in before you could, then to have a fire that kills many people. that is just sad – megan m , portland   16 Sep 2003

May they and all other laborers who suffered such tragedies not be forgotten. – GR, Kansas City, MO   15 Sep 2003

I never realized how awful this was, until I had to write a report on it. I'm happy I decided to do it on the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire. It really opens your eyes when you get the whole story. – Kellie Kerrigan, Haines City, Florida   13 Sep 2003


Both of my Grandmothers survived the fire, so this very much a part of me. I remember my maternal Grandmother who Died in 1960 moaning what a fire everytime she heard a fire engine, she survied by jumping out of a window and getting caught. thank God. My paternal Grandmother died in 1976, and I am glad I asked her about it and got her story of survival first hand. may they never be forgottet... – David Marcus Pearl, Bayside NY   11 Sep 2003

just wanted to say thanx – aa, ny   10 Sep 2003

a horrible tragedy – km, westfield   10 Sep 2003

cool site! – mh, ohio   10 Sep 2003

Its a tragedy. It effected so many people – LT, Montana   9 Sep 2003

This website really made me realize how horrible the Triangle fire was. – C.C.,   8 Sep 2003

My Great-Grandmother worked in the Triangle Factory and escaped death. I am researching my family history, and learned about this tragedy through my grandmother. This is a wonderful and informative website. Thank you. This is a wonderful tribute to all those who lost their lives. – Debbie, Yorktown, NY   7 Sep 2003

Very interesting website. May God keep good care of the victims of the fires and their families. Sadly, sweatshops are still around today and we face almost the same problems. Take it from a West Virginian! Thanks, Miranda A. Joyce – Miranda Anne Joyce, West Virginia   7 Sep 2003

The names of the victims and of the witnesses pretty much tell the story of exploitation. What's new? – Richard Johnston, New York City   1 Sep 2003

Reading thiese stories and viewimng the pictures brought tears to my eyes. This information surely needs to be seen by all for all the generations to know what so many people went through as part of thier "normal" lives and daily existance. As with so many other catastrophies in history, this can not be forgotten and the struggles of the people need to be remembered and looked at in todat's light to search out similarities that aren't spoken about--just endured out of necessity. I will remember these people and their stories in my prayers routinely. – Marge, Fort Lauderdale FL, formerly Pelham Manor, NY   30 Aug 2003

An informative and easy to navigate site. I live one block away from the Asch Building (now called the Brown Building), and about once a week I stand at the opposite corner and look up. I can't imagine what those people went through. The building in which I live is a converted factory building built in 1898, and I often wonder what they made here and what it was like in 1911. – angela, New York City   28 Aug 2003

This story is so sad, but yet so encourging for me. I am a firefighter in training, and I had to read this article as a class project. Needless to say I have found what I'm looking for. – Brian JD Baker, Kansas City KS   25 Aug 2003

PARTIAL POEM ..."Butterflies" on fire Can’t fly Dead on the sidewalk lie – Roger B. Sheetz, Hilo, Hawaii   20 Aug 2003

I am struck by the similarity between the events in 1911 and the events on 9/11. I guess it doesn't matter if you are 100 stories high, or 9 stories high. Firemen can only do so much and the feeling of frustration must have been the same so long ago as it was in 2001. This is an excellent exhibit. – Eve Kneeland, Auburn Alabama   16 Aug 2003


thank you – kb, ms   10 Aug 2003

This was a really informative site...thanks!! – SM, Ohio   31 Jul 2003

Excellent site! I never knew about this until I discovered this website. What a sad, but its great that you are educating others through this site...they will never be firgtten that way. Thank you again. – KR, NJ   30 Jul 2003

i knew nothing of this tragedy. for it's time i would say this was that generations "9/11". it's a pity that so many had to sacrifice their lives to bring to the mainstream the terrible working conditions that are still present today. thank you. – bob johnson, glenside, pa   17 Jul 2003

This is a very informative website. It is very horrifing to think of how women were treated. Even today sweatshops are still around and something needs to be done. – AL, New York   14 Jul 2003

My husband owns the movie "The Triangle Factory Fire", and let me tell you I was never left with such a tremendous feeling of overwhelming sadness, sympathy and loss of wonderful lives. It is truly amazing that a tragedy such as this was allowed to take event, in that employers can actually pay off city officials with bribes in order to save money and be allowed to pass city rules and ordinances with fire codes and regulations. When some politicians say we don't need big government, this is the result of what can happen without government regulations. – Cindy, Torrington, Connecticut   6 Jul 2003

This is such a tragic event, however, it paved the way for improvements in employment law and safety. As a Master's student in Industrial/Organizationalpsychology, this excellent website has been part of the basis of my term paper in my Organizational Psychology class. Thank you! – Kristin Banerjee, Houston, Texas   6 Jul 2003

*sad*. what a waste of life! perhaps we all can learn from this. – James, winipeg,manitoba-canada   3 Jun 2003

The original building is still standing, in Manhattan near Washington Park, at 23-29 Washington Place, at the corner with Greene. It is currently owned by New York University. – Kheel Center staff,   2 Jun 2003

Is the original building still at the site or has it been replaced? – John McP,   2 Jun 2003

excellant – s LaMAr, Tracy California   2 Jun 2003

Found this site while browsing for labor information for an exhibit I'm curating. – Kathy J, Wausau WI   1 Jun 2003

A wonderful site. Is there a reputable journalistic source for the "Rose Goldstein" story (Goldstein survived the fire because she felt compelled to honor her father's wishes that she not work on the Jewish sabbath)? – Mark Rosenblatt, Brooklyn, NY   1 Jun 2003

i read abook like the post here and i was like crying in my bed!! i am so i don't know...shocked, in aww, horrified ! thank you soo much...this really helped me to understand. – Katelyn G., Oregon   29 May 2003

I read a book on this for school and befor that I never knew that this happened! ANd I thank you for puting up this web site, it helped me w/ a report that I'm doing on it! Thanks! – Holly Uebbing, Dorr, Michigian   27 May 2003

I am always shocked whenevr I read about the desparate jumps of those poor women. This is reminiscent of the recent tragedy of the World Trade center where so many people leaped to their death rather than get burned alive. It is heartbreaking and sickening. The one thing I was angry about was how the people responsible for this catastrophe got off Scott Free. It makes it even more sickening to think of such injustice. – Gregory Christiano, Hopatcong, New Jersey   24 May 2003

Great information to research my paper, for my graduate degree!! – Allan Mc Dougall, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada   19 May 2003

I really enjoyed this site and i pray for all the victims this disease has already taken and all the victims that are still battling this disease right now. God bless you all and rest in peace! – Amanda, Pennsylvania   19 May 2003

I was doing an 8th grade research on the Triangle Factory fire, and this site was extremely useful and it was my primary source, – Amanda, Chicago   16 May 2003

i had to do a project on this and i wanted photos so i got sent to this site. that is is sad though – mary, portland or   12 May 2003

This is a fantastic site. A book I found really interesting was ashes of roses, my mary jane auch, it really gives an interesting perspective – Hannah, Va   9 May 2003

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