Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Triangle Waist Fire 1911"

I have been watching a very interesting documentary about New York City. From it's beginnings to modern times. I wanted to know more about this city I love so much, and it's history.

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories, and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers.

Learning of this horrific incident made me rather sick, these poor women. Some of those who died in the fire were as young as 14 years old. Thank goodness in 1913 child and labor laws were made so this would never happen again. All those who lost their life in the fire were true heroes.

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