March 24, 2011
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Anniversary
As many readers are already aware, tomorrow is the 100 year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which which 146 people died. The New York Times has numerous articles and collections of photographs here, many of which are extraordinarily poignant. Harold Meyerson, in the Washington Post, also has an op-ed that shows what a tremendous effect the disaster had on the formation of labor and employment laws in this country, and reminds us that a union campaign prior to the fire had sought sprinklers and unlocked stairwells that would have likely saved many of the lives that were lost.
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