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Triangle

The Fire That Changed America

Von Drehle, David, 1961-

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Triangle
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Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2003
Branch Call Number: 974.7104 V
Characteristics: 340 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Feb 25, 2014
  • noluckboston rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing account of what it was like to be a women factory worker in America.

The tragedy of a fire and the death of innocence.

Apr 11, 2012
  • Logovore rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An engrossing look at the dangers of being a worker in the early part of the last century. It serves as a warning as to what happens when the proper balance between profits and workers' rights is ignored: something that seems to be slipping today.

Apr 17, 2004
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

David Von Drehle has written a moving account of a fire that started a small revolution in the labor and political arenas in the early part of the last century. Fire safety for workers was a rallying cry even as the flames were building at the Triangle Waist Company on March 25, 1911. These flames helped to create fire doors that opened out onto safe, wide stairwells, and made laws governing manufacturers from locking workers in. Today we seem to have forgotten all about this tragedy that took 140+ lives. In fact, there is no record of the names of the people that died in the fire or from injuries afterwards! But it is the human stories that capture the reader''s attention. For instance, a song called Ev''ry Little Movement reverberates through this book. Taken from a hit Broadway show, then picked up by the general public, it became very popular in the Triangle Waist Company. After work you could hear the strains of it sung by several workers as they got ready to go home. March 25, 1911 was no different, until the fire made it a terrible reminder to the survivors of the worst factory fire of the 20th century.

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