Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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The majority of the women were young immigrants. There working conditions were very unsafe. There was a lack in exists. R.I.P to the burned poeple – AK AR, HS   7 Nov 2013

I feel sorry for the people that lost their lives so young and that they didn't have a chance to say good-bye nor live their life. The fact that this tragedy was completely preventable and all of those lives could have been saved is absolutely tragic. – FS&CK, HS   7 Nov 2013

The triangle Factory fire was a sad event. All the innocent people who worked for a better life, never had a chance to live their American dream. – LM, Ca   7 Nov 2013

What we must remember is that with every tragedy comes reform. Because of this fire regulations were set more firmly in place along with better labor laws. It is horrid that it happened, but in the same way that the crash of the Titanic demanded life boats on every cruise liner after. It is not a happy story. The least we can hope for is that it ended in a battle for a better life for the rest of us. – KS, HS   7 Nov 2013

this is crazy i cannot belive it, why couldnt the fire men cathch the ladies? we need to invest in those movie star jumping bags so next time people would survive..... problem solved – jh, los altos high   7 Nov 2013

The images displayed on this website shocked me. I am very disturbed and deeply saddened by the lost lives of these workers. I hope workers now have more protecting rights. 3 – KFJL, HS   7 Nov 2013

Wow this is amazing. I'm so glad I found this website. – VB, Maryland   6 Nov 2013

RIP – MB, virginga,chesapeak   6 Nov 2013

Not only was it sad it created reprecusions that help us today such as fire marshals and the building codes we would have to follow as well as new sprinkler systems and better fire hoses. We also have child labor laws, as a teen at the age of 15 I would not know how to live and function in this society although it created a stronger nation not as a whole but every person learned to pull their own weight. This fire may be a blessing in disguise This happened for a reason; to change America as it is today. – Robert O'L, Wyoming   5 Nov 2013

Thanks for the time and effort to put together such a great site. I teach social studies and the site is a valuable tool to teach about the plight of early workers and the need for reforms. – B. Yatvin, Chicago, IL   4 Nov 2013

this is so sad but a very informational site and i have learned more than what i already knew. – sb, springfield Mo   31 Oct 2013

im soo sorry for the family that lost their family member. – mc, reno NV   31 Oct 2013

I am really touched by this guys i cant believe this happen. I wish this never would have happen. I am just a 29 year old down here chillen and read this and it kinda hit me that this really happen and i know the impact of this so i am so sorry – MICHAEL NELSON, TERRELL   30 Oct 2013

Hearts for those who lost their lives 3 – Jordan , CaneBayMiddle SC   23 Oct 2013

This a great website also my heart goes out to the people lost and the families. – Gabby, New York   22 Oct 2013

I had read this book "Lost" by Jacqueline Davies. The book made me bawl, I'm actually streaming tears right now, towards the end of this book it gives what a first person experience of this specific tragedy would be like. It also includes how the baffling unclosed case of the disappearance of Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold could have possibly intertwined with this terrible event. I recommend it, but the emotions this book puts through any warm-hearted persons heart....well it made mine feel crushed for the facts AND fictional parts of this story. – North Carolina   21 Oct 2013

this just makes you think of how grateful you are that you didn't have to work hard labor at age 14 . this almost made me cry , but there was more anger because of all the injustice . – shaun samuels , Glen Burnie ,Md   21 Oct 2013

Many women died because of a careless action. This is why factories in early 1900s were dangerous and unsafe. Working conditions were inappropriate and unfair. – Carp, O'Fallon, MO   20 Oct 2013

What an amazing website. Thank you for putting so much dedication into this. I will be teaching my 11th grade history class about this and will be using primary sources you have provided. Thank you again for all the hard work. – M. Meehan, Tempe Az   19 Oct 2013

reminds me of events happening to day, sadly. – JW, HIGH SCHOOL   18 Oct 2013

I understand from this research and TV specials that some of the factory doors may have been or were locked. In addition, my grandfather, who lived in the vicinity of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and was born 2 years after the fire, recalled having been taught that the doors inside the factory opened inward (toward the person opening the door), not outward. Tragically, even if the doors had not been locked, the people crowding against the doors would not be able to open the doors because they could not pull the door toward themselves with a crush of people pushing them toward the door. He said something to me about a law having been passed or a policy having been established after the Triangle Factory fire, designating that doors in factories (and I'd think office buildings) should be installed to open outward. I've never read or, aside what my grandfather relayed to me, heard anything about the doors opening inward. Anyone? – LLG, NYC   16 Oct 2013

I was so upset to read this. They will never be forgotten. – Kwall, New York   15 Oct 2013

sorry R.I.P such a tragety – dms, ohio   15 Oct 2013

I am reading this in 2013. I still send my love and thoughts with everyone, even know they have all passed. It was a huge tragedy. – L. VICTORIA, KANSAS CITY   14 Oct 2013

Thank you for all the work you put into this website. My gg grandmother worked there, she quit one week prior to the fire after an agreement with her supervisor. Her two sisters worked there also, all immigrants from Russia. The 1910 census confirmed this for me. Just one mystery, I have not been able to locate the one sister after 1910, my mother said she might have died in a fire. Does anyone know if there is a list of employee's who worked there prior to the fire? I checked this site and have not found the family name. thanks – D L Lacey, Washington, NJ   10 Oct 2013

so sad.. – - bella, cico, chicago   10 Oct 2013

i wonder how it all happened. so sad – Indiana Jones, simpsonville, sc   9 Oct 2013

Unfortunately, many times over safety rules and regulations never come about until accidents like this happen. People need to be reminded over and over again how things like this happen and so that they are aware of why rules and regulations are in place. – Joe Snyder, Dallas, TX   7 Oct 2013

Its too bad that they didn't have more fire prevention as we do today. I bet some of those people would of been alive. I say a prayer to each of them as nobody should die such a horrible death. – Gina Gruber, Yonkers, NY   7 Oct 2013

wow a couple 14 year olds died in the fire – mitchell, oregon   7 Oct 2013

Saddddd – Emma, Mn   7 Oct 2013

I am writing a paper on the Triangle Factory Fire and what I am reading is a terrible tragedy. – L.Samaniego, Beaverton, OR   7 Oct 2013

I am writing a paper on the Triangle Factory Fire and what I am reading is a terrible tragedy. – L.Samaniego, Beaverton, OR   7 Oct 2013

Terrible tragedy didn't need to happen. Remembering the lives lost. – SIA,   6 Oct 2013

Such a terrible tragedy. Learning about this in my American History class. Grateful that changes were made as a result of this tragedy. Thank you for providing a wonderful resource and learning experience. – KMD, MA   5 Oct 2013

really crazy the owners better own up !! – KE,   5 Oct 2013

My Great Great Grandma lost a friend to this senseless fire. – AW, Ann Arbor   3 Oct 2013

There are many overlapping themes with how capital and labor deal with squabbles which are just as prevalent now as they were in 1911. – Cat, United States   3 Oct 2013

so sad so sad so sad lets all remember this forever because people died how crazy is that – Jillian Asauge, Chicago   2 Oct 2013

Chill you guys this was a hundred years ago stop apologizing I'm crying sweet droplets of water from my eyeballs – rls, us   2 Oct 2013

The owners were wrong – An, Justice   30 Sep 2013

I was very upsets when I read this. I am still praying for the families. – JS, Pennsylvania   30 Sep 2013

I am so sorry – M P, Memphis Tn   25 Sep 2013

This incident was really sad, and I feel terrible for the families with dead victims. – LAMJ, Mass, Boston   23 Sep 2013

A sad reminder of greed unchecked by government regulation. Also a reminder of infrastructure growing faster than safety measures. – David Lloyd, Flint,MI   22 Sep 2013

Very interesting sight. Some of the stories brought me to tears. I had never heard of this incident until recently, and I am glad Cornell is keeping alive the memory of all those who needlessly perished. – Deborah Halley, Romeoville, IL   21 Sep 2013

Such a sad story. We are learning about it in our American History class. I really wanted to learn more about it and did on this site. R.I.P. – M.J.W, Linn, MO   18 Sep 2013

Attacks on Labor Unions will return us to these very conditions. Wake up, two states MI. & IN. recently passed right to work (for less) laws with more states fighting for their lives.This site was so helpful in helping me research the Fire and write my school paper on it. Great resource!Very interesting read. I saw a link posted in the comments section to the recent Bangladesh garment factory collapse. With the attitude of most people in North America toward unions, workers are being exploited here yet again. The last commenter said, "Glad to know we have advanced in so many ways" Yes we have advanced by our corporations moving the jobs to countries such as Bangladesh to hide it from us. Sad.....When I first learned of the Triangle Fire I became determined to learn more about it. And the more I learned the more determined I became to do my part, as an artist, as a worker, and as a human being, in keeping alive the memory of the 146 lives lost. The courage of the workers in that period of our history is an inspiration. To keep their memory alive is to remind us that we must come together to protect one another. In many parts of the world, the same dangerous working conditions exist. To honor those 146 lives lost, we have to eradicate the conditions that took their lives and continue to take the lives of others. – AJ, Nebraska   18 Sep 2013

terrible tragedy – AJ, Montana   18 Sep 2013

What a tragedy. Shame on the owners for their lack of mitigation and safety and their ignorance towards human life. – S. Stoy, Millersville, PA   16 Sep 2013

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