Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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This was a terrible event, and the sad thing is, it could have been avoided. – CO, St. Charles   17 Dec 2013

I am deeply sorry to here about this issue that happened so many decades ago. – Chase , St.Charles   17 Dec 2013

helpful information, sad. – Olek,   17 Dec 2013

Very tragic event, but interesting! I learned a lot. – KSF, Saint Charles IL   17 Dec 2013

I did not fully understand the horrors of sweatshops until I saw this article. Truly a sad story. – Daniel Hayward, IL   17 Dec 2013

I learned that it is very uncomfortable and crowed to work in the sweatshops. – NLM, St.Charles   17 Dec 2013

These articles were descritive of what happened and how it happened now I know how bad working conditions were. – KMT, St Charles   17 Dec 2013

I really enjoyed this story this site has some very interesting facts and i thought this was a very helpful site. – Emily Fullhart, St.Charles IL   17 Dec 2013

rip – ZM, illinois   17 Dec 2013

I hope this never happens again. – TN, St. Charles   17 Dec 2013

a very important event in Americas history – BT, st.charles   17 Dec 2013

Those people didnt deserve there deaths. If only there had been beter laws. – ALA, St.Charles   17 Dec 2013

i feel mad because those business men were to greedy to give the poor workers good working conditions and plus why would they LOCK THE DOOR!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?! – RH, Sydney, Australia   17 Dec 2013

a very important event in Americas history – BT, st.charles   17 Dec 2013

I find it sad that in most historic events people die and then a point in proven – PKL, Chicago   17 Dec 2013

a very tragic event. hope it deosnt happen again. – Jb, st.charles   17 Dec 2013

These workers didn't deserve death. Bless their souls forever. – APS, St. Charles   17 Dec 2013

That is pretty sad that there was a poor emergency escape that led people to their deaths – pdubs, nowhere Ln   16 Dec 2013

I am looking forward to sharing this with my students. – Jennifer, Elgin, IL   15 Dec 2013

I found out about this tragic incident in history thru my occupational Health & Safety course on Fire Prevention. If there is anyone who says that evil does not exist in this world they should be made to read about these two factory owners! – Austin B., Alberta, Canada   15 Dec 2013

I feel bad for what happened to those poor people. Espicially, the people who jumped out the window from the 8th and 9th floors. – Heaven Gonzalez, 1298 halsey street   12 Dec 2013

This is AWESOME for National History Day! I am so glad that I found this site 3 – Xee Thao, St. Paul, MN   11 Dec 2013

I cant beleive what happened to those people that day i feel so sad. My prayers go out to their family – Jose Lozada, 13, Brooklyn, New York   11 Dec 2013

Right now my teacher is reading us a book called Ashes of Roses and I love it so i wanted to get it at my local library but it wasnt there so i looked at the description to give me a hint of what was going to happen and it said there was going to a fire so I looked up the book and the title of the fire popped up so i looked it up and thus website popped up so I've been on this site for a while its really interesting. – Alexa, Huntsville, AL   10 Dec 2013

Workers Comp ICU – David Hungerschafer, Schenectady   9 Dec 2013

very sad :( – MG, syracuse NY   6 Dec 2013

This site has helped me very very much with my National History Day Project on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire!!! – EP, USA   5 Dec 2013

The factory owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, had kept the girls/women locked up for 14 hours a day without access to washrooms or any kind of ventilation. From $2/day (tops) paid to the workers, Harris and Blanck deducted fees for thread and needles! These two miserly, exploitative cowards collected the insurance money that was due them and disappeared without donating a single penny to the victim's loved ones and dependents. Given the strict sentences typically meted out in the day (but only to the poor,) an appropriate consequence for these gentlemen would have been liquidation of their assets to pay reparation to all those who were affected, followed by the electric chair or hanging. The Asian-made goods that have currently put North American manufacturing out of business are made by workers slaving under conditions similar to those suffered by the Triangle workers. We need stronger unions, and tariffs to be placed on imports. – ELW, Ontario   5 Dec 2013

I like but it's really sad – Kirsten dover, York sc   5 Dec 2013

this is a tragedy. Im learning about this and school and it is a interesting but sad situaiton. – kj, Bridgeport CT   4 Dec 2013

My Uncle was a firefighter at the Coconut Grove fire. A very similar and preventible natiional tradegy – Robert McGrath, Boston MA   29 Nov 2013

The book Upraisng is helpful –   27 Nov 2013

TRAGIC what happen SO SAD – Dakota Elliott,11, Monticello GA   27 Nov 2013

sorry for all the lives loses. I'm reading the book UPRAISING and it talks about the lives of 2 girls and there friend they how work was there and the 'bout strike/fire the friend is the Governess to the owners daughter if someone is interested in learning more ( I think it is VERY interesting in my opinion ).If you plan to research more most all the other sites are incorrect. Just to let you no. – Dakota Elliott,11, Monticello,GA (small town)   27 Nov 2013

Very sad. – MD,   25 Nov 2013

Sad... – TheHexxitGamer, Autumn Forest   25 Nov 2013

This really helped explain why the factory fire was so tragic. It shows why there were new laws passed to secure personal safety. There surely were a lot of people in such a cramped space. – LA, Cali   22 Nov 2013

i think it is really messed up you girls were locked in that room and had to suffer the crucial and burning flames. – JL, Lincolnton,NC   21 Nov 2013

we're sorry for all the lives that were took that day. to bad no one could save you. but thanks to that theres more safety hazards. – vdp, vale   21 Nov 2013

sorry for everyone's losses my they rest in peace and thanks to them even though it was a tragic loss they are the reason that people are safe to this day. – veronnica seymour, Lincolnton North carolina   21 Nov 2013

Rest in peace to all those that were lost due to this tragedy. May god be with their families and may future lives be changed forever... – MSS, Rinky Dink Lincolnton, NC   21 Nov 2013

sad face :( – tr, nc   21 Nov 2013

This site is so helpful for my NHD paper! – Ellen Aud., Missouri   20 Nov 2013

Even thought these girls passed they changed the world for the better. Through the tragedy the world came together to mourn an to change the work place laws that would help save many lives. – Steph, NC   20 Nov 2013

We are learning about this now in our history class. I have learned so much from reading the interviews. Our books don't give a lot of information – Kendra, MD   19 Nov 2013

very sad cry cry cry cry! – Ej, alabama,moody   15 Nov 2013

The 1911 Triangle Factory fire was a major tragedy that killed nearly 146 workers. We felt that the buildings should have been made safer. We are glad that teens don't work under such harsh conditions anymore. – mn al, HS   7 Nov 2013

This site really deepened our understanding of the conditions and carelessness that led to this tragedy. This was a very sad moment, and our thoughts go to the victims and their families. – ZC, MK, HS   7 Nov 2013

I learned that the working conditions back then were terrible and helped create better conditions today in the work place. Also it is very sad to read that most of these men and women were very young immigrants and died in a tragic fire. This event changed America's working conditions there are now child labor laws and safer work conditions. – AAEO, HS   7 Nov 2013

The fire was spread by many fire hazards that could have easily been prevented if more caution was taken. The people who died were very young, and helpless, since they were not notified early enough. It is sad how the owners were so invested in their own lives and money, they didn't care to keep their devoted workers alive. – ES and AC, HS   7 Nov 2013

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