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:

Comments [7]

Buscada from New York

Great conversation about all this today - and yes, there was a huge turnout this morning at the commemoration! It was great to hear voices from the Triangle Fire Open Archive on air - thanks for featuring the project! The Archive is always open for new contributions, so if you've got a Triangle fire or labor story to tell, we invite you to participate :

Mar. 25 2011 11:53 PM
Calls'em... from Here, there & everywhere.

And the result of 100 years of unionism is almost all the "good" union jobs have fled overseas where new generations of workers are abused. This happened with the help of the Democratic pols, especially Bill Clinton, that the unions had been paying off for generations. Libs are good at sabotaging their own interests. Congrats.

Mar. 25 2011 12:02 PM
dbklyn from bklyn

if you are going to point out the religion of the workers and the fact that they were working on the sabbath, why not also mention the religion of the owners?

Mar. 25 2011 11:57 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Here, there & everywhere.

The commemoration of this tragic event is being abused by leftist, unionists and their leftist friends in the media (all over the country) due to the push back by taxpayers against greedy and corrupt government employee unions that are bankrupting the public treasuries of every jurisdiction of this nation.

Mar. 25 2011 11:55 AM
RLewis from the Bowery

These women changed Tammany Hall more than any political movement of the time. Tammany cronnies saw all the Voters who showed up for the funeral procession (in the rain) and that's when Regulations began to be passed. Regulations!

Mar. 25 2011 11:53 AM
Molly from New York City

I took a Women's history class while I was an undergrad at NYU. One day of the class was dedicated to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. After the professor was done telling us the story she explained that the fire had happened in the very building we were sitting in. It was a very moving lesson.

Mar. 25 2011 11:43 AM
carolita from manhattan

The deaths of the Triangle Shirtwaister workers "sparked nationwide debate on workers' rights": but they had themselves tried to spark that very debate earlier that year, when they bravely faced financial difficulty when they went on a general worker's strike along with many other shirtwaist workers. The Triangle workers were among those that had to go back to work without becoming unionized, their bosses being bitterly opposed to unions. If you want to pursue the "spark" metaphor in a sad way, you could say they were almost literally burnt sacrifices to their cause. It's important to remember that women did not have the vote yet, and their strike was considered "unnatural" and antisocial, besides their not being taken seriously for being women. Only this tragic fire was enough to finally wake people from their prejudices. The Triangle fire is a monument in women's rights history as well as worker's rights.

Mar. 25 2011 10:35 AM

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