Listen | From the WNYC Archives: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Samuel Gompers and other political activists and labor leaders addressed Shirtwaist workers at Cooper Union November 22, 1909. Samuel Gompers and other political activists and labor leaders addressed Shirtwaist workers at Cooper Union November 22, 1909. (Brown Brothers, November 22, 1909. Courtesy of The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Archive, Kheel Center, Cornell University.)

Below are audio files from the WNYC archive of commemorations of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

The Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt and fire survivors speaking at the 50th anniversary of the fire in 1961.

A feature on the fire by Amy Goodman produced for WNYC in 1987.

Listen to one of the survivors of the fire, Pauline Pepe, speaking at a commemoration in 1986.

The WPA dramatization of the fire in 1938 for the program "This Was News."

Here is the official 1990 Triangle memorial.

More from the 50th anniversary memorial.

Special thanks to WNYC archivist Andy Lanset.

50th anniversary memorial WNYC broadcast courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.



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Comments [3]

David DeMello

These are very interesting clips! For in depth information about the fire and access to a wealth of original materials, newspaper articles, photos, lists of victims and survivors, trial transcripts and more, check out

Mar. 25 2011 12:43 PM
fhw from Long Island

How about some evaluation of the politics and psychology of the owners who wanted no limitations on how they ran their business or treated their workers. True American capitalists whose arrogance and sense of entitlement led to the deaths of these young workers. There was no remorse on their parts and it is their 'I got mine, screw you' attitude that is at play in the USA once again.

Mar. 25 2011 12:07 PM
Megan from Pennsylvania

Great story! A local Pittsburgh group just published something about this - they have a video and a report:

Mar. 25 2011 11:08 AM

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