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Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths.

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

The final toll was people - of them women. It was the worst disaster in New York City history. This harrowing yet compulsively readable book is both a chronicle of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and a vibrant portrait of an entire age. It follows the waves of Jewish and Italian immigration that inundated New York in the early years of the century, filling its slums and supplying its garment factories with cheap, mostly female labor.

It portrays the Dickensian work conditions that led to a massive waist-workers strike in which an unlikely coalition of socialists, socialites, and suffragettes took on bosses, police, and magistrates. Von Drehle shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between idealistic labor reformers and the supremely pragmatic politicians of the Tammany machine. David Von Drehle orchestrates these events into a drama rich in suspense and filled with memorable characters: Murphy, the shrewd kingmaker of Tammany Hall; blue-blooded activists like Anne Morgan, daughter of J.

Morgan; reformers Frances W. Perkins and Al Smith. Most powerfully, he puts a human face on the men and women who died on March 25th.

Triangle is a vibrant and immensely moving account of the hardships of New York City life in the early part of the 20th century, and how this event transformed politics and gave rise to urban liberalism. Sorry, this title is no longer available. Please try using the search feature as another version of this work may be available. If you think we've made a mistake, please contact Audible Customer Care at Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The book was not really what I had expected. I had looked for a more personal account of the people who died and those who survived. My husband's grandmother was an Eastern European immigrant to New York shortly after the time period of the Triangle Fire. She came alone to this country, lived with relatives already here, and worked in one of the garment factories. With the great exception that she escaped the Fire, her early life in this country was the life that had been lived by the Triangle victims, and I think I had expected to learn more about this life.

He does what he can in general terms: He details the incredibly long hours they worked, the incredibly small wages they received, and the fact that many still managed to help support families in this country or The Old Country. He explains that, because of the horrific over-crowding of the tenements in which they lived, their lives away from work were spent on the streets.

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Here they found community with people of their own background, language, and age; intellectual stimulation in the many near-by free courses offered by NYU and various associations; and exposure to the social and political thought of the day. But these generalities are pretty much as far as he is able to go.

The real subject matter of this book is political change; in particular, the liberalization of New York. In this context, the Triangle Fire was no more than a tremendous spur to this change. His enduring characters are less the women of Triangle and more the reporters, business people, public officials, and primarily the politicians who, willingly or not, took part in this change.

He chronicles the fall of Tammany Hall and the rise of the Democrats. Once I got past the realization that the book was other than what I had expected, I grew to appreciate it for what it is. It is a well-documented and compelling account of a time of change and the people certainly including the victims of the Fire who combined to bring it about. This is a terrific book about not only the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, but also the political and labor situation at the time. Frances Perkins - Secretary of Labor under FDR - has as starring role here, as do some of the union leaders and politicians of the time.

The influence of Tammany Hall was about to wane and the labor union movement was about to explode - greatly helped along by the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The reader gets to know the history of some of the girls who were trapped in the fire - some escaped and some died in the flames. I found it so frustrating that there weren't regulations in place before the fire to prevent the carnage from ever happening. Even after the fire, things seemed to move slowly. Everyone was horrified and wanted to make sure nothing like that ever happened again.

But no one went to jail and change did not come fast. Why does it so often take a tragedy to inspire people to do the right thing? I suspect there will be other readers as disheartened as I was at how this played out for the factory owners. I also suspect that others will see parallels between the events of the early s and today - no one is ever to blame!

That said , I was so drawn into the stories of these people and the complex politics of the time that I almost forgot what was going to happen. I was pleasantly surprised by how well those people were brought to life and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fire was so tragic and so preventable. It was well Written about Overall this was a great read that bounced a little bit more than I'd prefer on topics , and dragged out a little long on other topics , but I would over all recommend.

This is the definitive historical book that explores the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. She is able to hold a job and adapt to her surroundings. I also loved seeing her story because it shows more of her living situation in the book and I felt like that was a real eye opener.

When she begins to lose interest in their conversations she discovers the strike and is introduced to a whole new world. All three of their lives intertwine and weave together to tell a very real story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster. I love that many of the details were true and not fiction.

I love that this book will introduce what happened to so many people on a deeper level than what history class can teach us. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. A need to read! I first heard about this book I really had to reach back into my memories which is the last time I had a U.

I remember learning about women working in factories and how their unfair treatment led to support of the suffrage movement, but I didn't remember anything about the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. I'm not sure if it wasn't taught or if I wasn't paying attention that day, but either way I think I really missed out on an important piece of history. Good thing it's never too late to learn. Bella and Yetta are both immigrants who work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. They are locked in all day long, forced to pay for the electricity and heat used when they are working and are searched every evening to make sure they didn't steal anything.

Soon the worker got fed up and go on strike. Yeta was very involved in the union and the strike effort.

I really admired how dedicated she was. She was really a revolutionist and wanted only to be treated fairly. She was beat, harassed, arrested and fined, but the next day she was back on the picket line. That girl had some serious heart. Bella was definitely more demure. She came from a very poor family, but was genuinely a happy person. She was very generous, loving and caring. Jane was a rich socialite who realized how unfair her society was treating the factory girls.

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The changes were largely brought about by women like Frances Perkins who became the first woman ever to hold a cabinet post, Secretary of Labor, under FDR and by the Women's Trade Union Unbeknownst to me International Women's Day would take place while I was reading this book. Set up a giveaway. Visit her at HaddixBooks. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside:

Jane gives up everything for what she believes in. I think she is truly amazing. As much as I care for things and fight for causes I believe in, I don't know if I could cut myself off from my family and become penniless for someone else's cause. These three girls connect and become friends under the most unlikely of circumstances. Just when things are starting to look up for Yetta, Bella, and Jane a terrible fire erupts at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory that changes all of their futures.

This book was a truly wonderful look at the life of a factory girl.

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It examined their hardships, but also the friendships they made. If you are a fan of historical fiction this book is for you. Told through flashbacks, Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix is an engaging work of historical fiction focusing on the lives of three young women growing up in the early s. The book describes the events leading up to the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of that killed more than people.

Haddix is a wonderful storyteller who brings the economic plight of young immigrants to life.

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