Tenements were poor living quarters that immigrants often lived in. Jacob Riis illuminated them through his muckraking practices. These small homes only encouraged the poverty cycle in industrial cities. This had a negative effect on American Society.
Locked exit door Triangle shirtwaist Factory Fire
One hundred years ago today, New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory burst into flames, killing 146 garment workers and fundamentally changing the way America viewed its laborers. In the months after the blaze, dozens of workplace regulations were passed, helping to make factories much safer. The Triangle fire inspired a massive unionization push that paved the way for the development of America's middle class.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Mar. 25, 1911 caused the deaths of 146 garment workers who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged 16 to 23. The oldest was 48, the youngest were two 14 year-old girls. Because managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a common practice at the time, many who could not escape the the burning building jumped from the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors.
Matchgirls participating in a strike against Bryant & May in London, 1888. The strike was caused by the poor working conditions in the match factory, including fourteen-hour work days and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus.