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March 25, 1911

TRAGIC TURNING POINT

 

 

How one disaster in New York City changed labor laws for the nation.

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It was a day that was bursting with life–a day full of the first breaths of spring and fate ruled that on this day, 146 young lives should be snuffed out in a terrible manner; they were destroyed by the horrible Triangle fire.”

Mary Domsky-Abrams was a blouse operator on the 9th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City. She survived a devastating fire that killed 146 workers, many immigrants leaping to their death.
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WHY IT MATTERS

  • The horrifying fire became a national story, symbolizing the plight of immigrant workers.
  • Only 18 months earlier, unsafe working conditions in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory helped inspire the first widespread strike of women workers in U.S. history.
  • Fire propelled better reforms both for American workers & fire codes.
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The site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service says the fire was "one of the worst industrial disasters in American history."

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