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Triangle by David von Drehle
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Dec 31, 11

bookshelves: women-rule, cities-we-love, history
Recommended for: everyone
Read from December 27 to 31, 2011 — I own a copy

Very moving story of the Triangle Waist Factory fire on NYC's lower east side in March 1911 where 146 people, 123 of which were young women, perished in a horrific industrial fire. The author did a superb job of bring to life the people involved in the tragedy, including those who perished, stitching together the forces of immigration which resulted in so many immigrant women working in low paying jobs, the rampant corruption which allowed the palid working conditions to go unchecked, the lack of legislation which afforded working people any ounce of protection, the birth of the sweatshop, and the unlikely joining of forces of the wealthy and the poor. And let's not forget that ethnic groups were pitted against each other, but also came together when the time was needed. and how the forces of fashion can change the production floor in an instant. the dynamics of the insurance industry. the strife of the labor movement. living conditions in early industrial cities, tenement housing, the curry of political power, a broken judicial system . . . lots here to absorb. An amazing tale of a little known event brought to life by an astute and talented writer.
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12/29/2011 page 96
28.0% "excellent book so far. gripping!"

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