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Triangle: The Fire that Changed America

Triangle: The Fire that Changed America

Author: David von Drehle

Year Published: 2003

Description: In March 1911, almost 150 workers, mainly young, female immigrants, perished in 20 minutes when a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory building in the heart of New York City's garment district. Many did so jumping from windows, because the fire escape collapsed and the doors to the stairwells were locked in order to keep workers from stealing or leaving without authorization. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle provides a detailed account of this tragedy and its critical role in galvanizing support for passage of worker protections.

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'It was different because it was more than just a horrific half hour, it was the crucial moment in a potent chain of events--a chain that ultimately forced fundamental reforms from the political machinery of New York, and, after New York, the whole nation.'

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