Eva Mitnick's Reviews > Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
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Nov 28, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, ya
Read in November, 2011

A superior look at the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 workers, the vast majority of them young, poor women. This absorbing and straightforward book examines not just the tragedy itself but the wider context - the plight of Italian and Russian Jewish immigrants, poverty, the role of women, unions and strikes, and much more. Plenty of period photos and illustrations bring the era to life.
All teachers who cover this period should be made aware of this book, a fresh change from the dry, dull coverage in textbooks or the shallow and sensationalized take found in many nonfiction series.

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