Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire
Friday, March 25, 2011
100 years ago today a fire killed 146 employees at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory — most of them young immigrant women and girls of Italian and European Jewish descent. The tragedy sparked nationwide debate on workers' rights, representation and safety. Today we remember the event with:
- Joshua Freeman, professor of history at CUNY who wrote about the fire for The Nation
- Lillian Swanson, managing editor of The Forward, which is publishing a special issue to commemorate the fire.
- Emily Danies, whose grandmother skipped work on the day of the fire
- Tom Lansner, who remembers his great-aunt Fannie Lansner
- Suzanne Pred Bass, whose great-aunt Rosie Weiner died in the Triangle Fire