Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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This site has helped me very very much with my National History Day Project on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire!!! – EP, USA   5 Dec 2013

The factory owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, had kept the girls/women locked up for 14 hours a day without access to washrooms or any kind of ventilation. From $2/day (tops) paid to the workers, Harris and Blanck deducted fees for thread and needles! These two miserly, exploitative cowards collected the insurance money that was due them and disappeared without donating a single penny to the victim's loved ones and dependents. Given the strict sentences typically meted out in the day (but only to the poor,) an appropriate consequence for these gentlemen would have been liquidation of their assets to pay reparation to all those who were affected, followed by the electric chair or hanging. The Asian-made goods that have currently put North American manufacturing out of business are made by workers slaving under conditions similar to those suffered by the Triangle workers. We need stronger unions, and tariffs to be placed on imports. – ELW, Ontario   5 Dec 2013

I like but it's really sad – Kirsten dover, York sc   5 Dec 2013

this is a tragedy. Im learning about this and school and it is a interesting but sad situaiton. – kj, Bridgeport CT   4 Dec 2013

My Uncle was a firefighter at the Coconut Grove fire. A very similar and preventible natiional tradegy – Robert McGrath, Boston MA   29 Nov 2013

The book Upraisng is helpful –   27 Nov 2013

TRAGIC what happen SO SAD – Dakota Elliott,11, Monticello GA   27 Nov 2013

sorry for all the lives loses. I'm reading the book UPRAISING and it talks about the lives of 2 girls and there friend they how work was there and the 'bout strike/fire the friend is the Governess to the owners daughter if someone is interested in learning more ( I think it is VERY interesting in my opinion ).If you plan to research more most all the other sites are incorrect. Just to let you no. – Dakota Elliott,11, Monticello,GA (small town)   27 Nov 2013

Very sad. – MD,   25 Nov 2013

Sad... – TheHexxitGamer, Autumn Forest   25 Nov 2013

This really helped explain why the factory fire was so tragic. It shows why there were new laws passed to secure personal safety. There surely were a lot of people in such a cramped space. – LA, Cali   22 Nov 2013

i think it is really messed up you girls were locked in that room and had to suffer the crucial and burning flames. – JL, Lincolnton,NC   21 Nov 2013

we're sorry for all the lives that were took that day. to bad no one could save you. but thanks to that theres more safety hazards. – vdp, vale   21 Nov 2013

sorry for everyone's losses my they rest in peace and thanks to them even though it was a tragic loss they are the reason that people are safe to this day. – veronnica seymour, Lincolnton North carolina   21 Nov 2013

Rest in peace to all those that were lost due to this tragedy. May god be with their families and may future lives be changed forever... – MSS, Rinky Dink Lincolnton, NC   21 Nov 2013

sad face :( – tr, nc   21 Nov 2013

This site is so helpful for my NHD paper! – Ellen Aud., Missouri   20 Nov 2013

Even thought these girls passed they changed the world for the better. Through the tragedy the world came together to mourn an to change the work place laws that would help save many lives. – Steph, NC   20 Nov 2013

We are learning about this now in our history class. I have learned so much from reading the interviews. Our books don't give a lot of information – Kendra, MD   19 Nov 2013

very sad cry cry cry cry! – Ej, alabama,moody   15 Nov 2013

The 1911 Triangle Factory fire was a major tragedy that killed nearly 146 workers. We felt that the buildings should have been made safer. We are glad that teens don't work under such harsh conditions anymore. – mn al, HS   7 Nov 2013

This site really deepened our understanding of the conditions and carelessness that led to this tragedy. This was a very sad moment, and our thoughts go to the victims and their families. – ZC, MK, HS   7 Nov 2013

I learned that the working conditions back then were terrible and helped create better conditions today in the work place. Also it is very sad to read that most of these men and women were very young immigrants and died in a tragic fire. This event changed America's working conditions there are now child labor laws and safer work conditions. – AAEO, HS   7 Nov 2013

The fire was spread by many fire hazards that could have easily been prevented if more caution was taken. The people who died were very young, and helpless, since they were not notified early enough. It is sad how the owners were so invested in their own lives and money, they didn't care to keep their devoted workers alive. – ES and AC, HS   7 Nov 2013

The experiences of the workers is heartbreaking, especially when the disaster could have been so easily prevented. It is wonderful to be able to see the stories of those who died as well as those who survived to share their experiences. Hopefully, their stories will not be forgotten, as they provided an important change to factory working conditions. – ML, California   7 Nov 2013

The majority of the women were young immigrants. There working conditions were very unsafe. There was a lack in exists. R.I.P to the burned poeple – AK AR, HS   7 Nov 2013

I feel sorry for the people that lost their lives so young and that they didn't have a chance to say good-bye nor live their life. The fact that this tragedy was completely preventable and all of those lives could have been saved is absolutely tragic. – FS&CK, HS   7 Nov 2013

The triangle Factory fire was a sad event. All the innocent people who worked for a better life, never had a chance to live their American dream. – LM, Ca   7 Nov 2013

What we must remember is that with every tragedy comes reform. Because of this fire regulations were set more firmly in place along with better labor laws. It is horrid that it happened, but in the same way that the crash of the Titanic demanded life boats on every cruise liner after. It is not a happy story. The least we can hope for is that it ended in a battle for a better life for the rest of us. – KS, HS   7 Nov 2013

this is crazy i cannot belive it, why couldnt the fire men cathch the ladies? we need to invest in those movie star jumping bags so next time people would survive..... problem solved – jh, los altos high   7 Nov 2013

The images displayed on this website shocked me. I am very disturbed and deeply saddened by the lost lives of these workers. I hope workers now have more protecting rights. 3 – KFJL, HS   7 Nov 2013

Wow this is amazing. I'm so glad I found this website. – VB, Maryland   6 Nov 2013

RIP – MB, virginga,chesapeak   6 Nov 2013

Not only was it sad it created reprecusions that help us today such as fire marshals and the building codes we would have to follow as well as new sprinkler systems and better fire hoses. We also have child labor laws, as a teen at the age of 15 I would not know how to live and function in this society although it created a stronger nation not as a whole but every person learned to pull their own weight. This fire may be a blessing in disguise This happened for a reason; to change America as it is today. – Robert O'L, Wyoming   5 Nov 2013

Thanks for the time and effort to put together such a great site. I teach social studies and the site is a valuable tool to teach about the plight of early workers and the need for reforms. – B. Yatvin, Chicago, IL   4 Nov 2013

this is so sad but a very informational site and i have learned more than what i already knew. – sb, springfield Mo   31 Oct 2013

im soo sorry for the family that lost their family member. – mc, reno NV   31 Oct 2013

I am really touched by this guys i cant believe this happen. I wish this never would have happen. I am just a 29 year old down here chillen and read this and it kinda hit me that this really happen and i know the impact of this so i am so sorry – MICHAEL NELSON, TERRELL   30 Oct 2013

Hearts for those who lost their lives 3 – Jordan , CaneBayMiddle SC   23 Oct 2013

This a great website also my heart goes out to the people lost and the families. – Gabby, New York   22 Oct 2013

I had read this book "Lost" by Jacqueline Davies. The book made me bawl, I'm actually streaming tears right now, towards the end of this book it gives what a first person experience of this specific tragedy would be like. It also includes how the baffling unclosed case of the disappearance of Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold could have possibly intertwined with this terrible event. I recommend it, but the emotions this book puts through any warm-hearted persons heart....well it made mine feel crushed for the facts AND fictional parts of this story. – North Carolina   21 Oct 2013

this just makes you think of how grateful you are that you didn't have to work hard labor at age 14 . this almost made me cry , but there was more anger because of all the injustice . – shaun samuels , Glen Burnie ,Md   21 Oct 2013

Many women died because of a careless action. This is why factories in early 1900s were dangerous and unsafe. Working conditions were inappropriate and unfair. – Carp, O'Fallon, MO   20 Oct 2013

What an amazing website. Thank you for putting so much dedication into this. I will be teaching my 11th grade history class about this and will be using primary sources you have provided. Thank you again for all the hard work. – M. Meehan, Tempe Az   19 Oct 2013

reminds me of events happening to day, sadly. – JW, HIGH SCHOOL   18 Oct 2013

I understand from this research and TV specials that some of the factory doors may have been or were locked. In addition, my grandfather, who lived in the vicinity of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and was born 2 years after the fire, recalled having been taught that the doors inside the factory opened inward (toward the person opening the door), not outward. Tragically, even if the doors had not been locked, the people crowding against the doors would not be able to open the doors because they could not pull the door toward themselves with a crush of people pushing them toward the door. He said something to me about a law having been passed or a policy having been established after the Triangle Factory fire, designating that doors in factories (and I'd think office buildings) should be installed to open outward. I've never read or, aside what my grandfather relayed to me, heard anything about the doors opening inward. Anyone? – LLG, NYC   16 Oct 2013

I was so upset to read this. They will never be forgotten. – Kwall, New York   15 Oct 2013

sorry R.I.P such a tragety – dms, ohio   15 Oct 2013

I am reading this in 2013. I still send my love and thoughts with everyone, even know they have all passed. It was a huge tragedy. – L. VICTORIA, KANSAS CITY   14 Oct 2013

Thank you for all the work you put into this website. My gg grandmother worked there, she quit one week prior to the fire after an agreement with her supervisor. Her two sisters worked there also, all immigrants from Russia. The 1910 census confirmed this for me. Just one mystery, I have not been able to locate the one sister after 1910, my mother said she might have died in a fire. Does anyone know if there is a list of employee's who worked there prior to the fire? I checked this site and have not found the family name. thanks – D L Lacey, Washington, NJ   10 Oct 2013

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