Friday, April 5, 2013

Materials for Nonfiction: A Web Search about The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Nonfiction: A Web Search about The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Background:  If you do not understand what the Industrial Revolution was, follow this link.

Why is this important?

You've seen
In his book, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and It's Legacy, Albert Marrin points out that "Dubbed the 'Triangle Fire,' for ninety years it held the record as New York's deadliest workplace fire.  Only the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center took more lives."  [Highlighting was added for this lesson.]

Read the introduction on this webpage:

Why does this introduction say that the triangle fire is significant?

Sweat shops today:,  paragraph 3

Table --
Working conditions now -- generally
5 day work week
8 hour work day or 40 your work week
safety OSHA?
workman's compensation
living wage for many

Working conditions then --- generally

paragraph 3.

Pictures -- home sweat shops  children as young as three     slides # 4  and 5

sweated factories     scroll through the slide # 24
read the caption

about the building

triangle fire
problems for the fire fighters:   slide #6
read the caption to find at least two problems -- why the firefighters weren't able to do much about the fire 

Did they have sprinkler systems? 
How long did it take to put out the fire?   slide #5

What were some problems with the fire escapes?    slide #8

Why hard to escape the room on the 9th floor?  slide 18

With the cloakmakers' strike of 1910, a historic agreement was reached, that established a grievance system in the garment industry

What did the owners Blanck and Harris  claim about the building? 

What were the owners Blanck and Harris  charged with?

How did the jury decide the case?

Why was only one way out left for the workers?  You can answer this if you findt happened when they left work each day?

As the result of civil suits, what did the owners end up paying for each life lost in the Triangle Fire?

After the fire, when they moved their business to a new location,  how safe was it for the workers?

Victims' List

Youngest click on her name to find out where she was born.

Select any three other victims
name     where born   how long did she or he  live in the u.S.

How many men?   15  ?  16

last victims identified:

What am I supposed to do?

1911 -- What did this time period  look like?
links to photos

What terms do I need to know?



civil suits 


Industrial Revolution:  the changeover from the artisan's hand labor to machinery powered by steam or electricity p. 28 in Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and It's Legacy by Albert Marrin


2:33 minutes 


According to Dr. Brian Q.  Cannon, a history professor from BYU

industrial system vs. pre-industrial
autonomous craft workers
determined their own time, output, etc.
had to negotiate with  shop owner but largely autonomous


labor movement:

living wage

rural - urban:

capitalist class:  those with lots of money
monotonous:  the same thing over and over again 


sweated factory