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On March 25, 1911, 146 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City were killed in the span of a few minutes because no provision had been made for their safety in the event of fire. The Cornell edition of Leon Stein's 1962 account features 16 illustrations, some never before published. A new introduction by the journalist William Greider makes clear that...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2001 by ILR Press (first published 1985)
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Nancy
Jan 28, 2013 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I can't really say that I enjoyed this book since a large part of it is a horrifying account of a tragic fire which took the lives of 146 workers in a shirtwaist factory on the East Side of New York in 1911, but I highly recommend it. The author made extensive use of news reports, police accounts, and court records, as well as interviews with survivors and witnesses. His use of this information to describe the fire as it took place on the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors of the building gave me t...more
Kalendra Dee
In 1911, New York City was the scene of a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. In all, 146 young women and girls died, mostly poor immigrants. Some were burned so badly that the bodies were never identified. Leon Stein takes us behind the scenes and uses victims original words to tell the story as well as extensive historical research into the social, economic, and political realities of the time. A must-read for history buffs or anyone interested in a riveting true story.
Gage Mcnally
I chose to read The triangle Fire because i wanted to know more about this huge disaster and see how bad these peoples working conditions were.The book is about how the fire broke out and how the people inside reacted.This book made me think of how people sometimes complain about their jobs today but it was nothing like back then.This book makes you really make you think that you should be happy with what you have.I also found it amazing how nothing was done for working conditions until somethin...more
Jane
Although this was an assigned book for a grad school class (Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery), the Triangle fire has long been a part of my family's history. My father had a great aunt who was scheduled to start work there on Monday, March 27, 1911, just two days after the fire that killed 146 garment workers -- most of them young Jewish and Italian immigrants. Sad and realistic, this centennial edition brings to life the tragic events surrounding the fire. Thankfully, those workers...more
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n 1911, New York City was the scene of a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. In all, 146 young women and girls died, mostly poor immigrants. Some were burned so badly that the bodies were never identified. Leon Stein takes us behind the scenes and uses victims original words to tell the story as well as extensive historical research into the social, economic, and political realities of the time. A must-read for history buffs or anyone interested in a riveting true story.

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Ilze
Dec 17, 2008 Ilze rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History fans, New Yorkers, Working People
Well done. (sorry) No, really, this is a good read about a true life tragedy in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. This is a story that is all too often forgotten. There were 142 dead, many from jumping from the ninth floor windows.

Before the fire, some workplace manager (not from Triangle) was asked about fire safety for factory workers. He replied, "Let 'em burn. They're just cattle anyway." It seems to me his attitude is not far removed from some bosses today, especially towards the...more
Anastasia
This was a pretty good book, but the author wrote in a removed, distant sort of manner that kept the horror at bay. This story was really so tragic that I felt I shouldn't have been insulated from the tragedy. Also, some of the explanations were difficult to understand. Nonetheless, I feel much better informed after having read this and I have a true appreciation for the labor community and citizens of New York who used the events of this fire to change work place and building safety laws that b...more
Graceann
Jul 21, 2009 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Lovers
Shelves: history
Leon Stein had the advantage of speaking with some of the survivors, and he is an excellent conduit through which they tell their story. The strike is covered briefly, but Stein concentrates on the fire and its aftermath, including the gruesome task of identifying the bodies and the mournful series of funerals, culminating in the procession for the unknowns. Read this volume in tandem with David von Drehle's "Triangle: The Fire that Changed America," as they complement each other perfectly.
Margaret
Fascinating book - not sure that everything Leon Stein recounts about the fire is entirely correct, but he certainly did interview a number of the survivors. Incredibly gripping - I think I finished this book in one sitting. Interesting side note - I have a first edition with an inscription from Mr. Stein to my ex-husband's father, who was a well known writer in union circles.
Alice
Leon Stein does a fantastic and concise job summarizing the causes, effects and fire itself. It can be a bit hard to get through at times since he uses so much eyewitness testimony, but if interested at all in the Labor Movement, I think it's important to check it out.

And it introduced me to Carola Woerishoffer! The coolest woman of the 20th century!
Stepheny
Well written and informative.
Colleen
I have read many books on this subject and the greed that led to the tragedy never ceases to amaze and terrify me. The dismissal of these women's lives is appalling and the book treats their lives and death with great respect. A great historical view of industry and commerical fashion as well as the daily life of so many in New York.
Jodie
The Triangle Waist Coat Factory Fire has always fascinated me history wise. I read this one because of the David Von Drehle book. He actually used this one for some research and I thought I'd pick it up. I really enjoyed the detail that was put into the book and the research.
Sidi
Feb 23, 2012 Sidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mpa, story
It's on Emergency response class's reading list.

The first part is very toughing but scary also. The second part is more about the emergency response and discussion about the responsibility between government, company and the public.

fluent reading style, i like it.
Tracey
Mr. Stein interviewed survivors and witnesses, creating an outstanding history of the fire and what happened afterwards. This book came out around the 50th anniversary.
Brent
A minute by minute account of the fire which changed NYc forever in 1911. Awesome and riviting book, really brings the human perspective into the tradegy.
Rachel
The labor issues in this book are still relevant today (Apple!). The Centennial Edition with a foreword by Michael Hirsch is worth a read.
Yveva
excellent summary of events and their significance
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