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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

These websites contain information about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, its causes, and aftermath. You can view primary source documents, hear oral histories from survivors, read contemporary newspaper accounts, and more. There is additional information about immigrant life in New York and working conditions.


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This site contains detailed information about the tragedy and subsequent trial, including newspaper accounts, trial excerpts, images, and more.
This site contains detailed information about the fire, sweatshops and working conditions, and the trial. There are primary source document including photographs, testimonials, cartoons, tips for student projects, and further resources.
Read or listen to this broadcast about the fire. Includes links to related stories.
Read this article about Rose Freedman, the last survivor of the Triangle fire, or listen to an interview with her granddaughter.
Students can use primary source documents to understand and analyze the Triangle Factory Fire in this lesson plan.
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. This is a short article about the catastrophe. NOTE: This site includes ads.
After reading about the fire, see if you can answer these six discussion questions.
Here is a brief description of the events of the fire. Click on the links above to learn more about immigrant life in the city.
Read the address given by Rose Schneiderman to the audience of a memorial meeting.
Read an interview with with historian David Von Drehle, or watch the video.
Explore this online exhibit about sweatshops. The Triangle Fire is discussed along with other related information about the history of the garment industry.
In this lesson plan, students can learn about the historical context of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, its causes, and consequences. After participating in a hands-on activity to familiarize them with assembly line work, students can compare labor conditions in the early 20th century to labor conditions today.

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