Demand for inexpensive, mass-produced women’s clothing spurred the rise of early garment factorie
Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 9/4/2020
“One of the most infamous tragedies in American manufacturing history is the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. You may recall the story—how a blaze in a New York City sweatshop resulted in the fiery death of 146 people, mostly immigrant women in their teens and 20s. When workers found exit doors locked, jammed narrow staircases, and a fire escape collapsed, they resorted to jumping from the 10-story building to a gruesome death.”
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