Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Reporting, Investigation & Trial

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“How Girls Were Trapped at Every Turn, and Some Principals in the Tragedy.” The March 28, 1911 New York Evening Journal reveals the locked door; the blocked fire escape; Sarah Commerstein [Cammestein], a sewing machine operator who jumped on top of the elevator to escape and later testified about her experiences; Joseph Zitto [Zito], an elevator operator; Anna Cochran, who worked to oust Superintendent Miller of the Building Department; and Mary Goldstein, missing after the fire, who may have died in the blaze.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's