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    Demonstration of protest and mourning for Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911. Photo taken by an unknown photographer, New York City, New York, April 5, 1911.

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    Today in American History - March 25, 1911 The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged 16-23.

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On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers in New York City. It remains one of the worst U.S. disasters since the Industrial Revolution.

Not for the faint of heart. This makes my stomach churn just looking at it. Like. Is he really doing that? Ahh.

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.

New York, blizzard of 1888; I have a children's book that tells the story of this blizzard. I 've read it to the preschoolers when I use to be a preschool teacher.

Bandit's Roost, 1888, considered the most crime-ridden, dangerous part of New York City.

Locked exit door Triangle shirtwaist Factory Fire

Lower East Side, New York City, 1937

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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.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1909. So very different than it looks today surrounded by skyscrapers.