Friday, March 25, 2011

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 100 Years Later

March 25, 2011, marks the 100th anniversary of the notorious Triangle Factory Fire in New York City, in which 146 young garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, lost their lives. Several sites document the event, providing images, original documents, and teaching materials; a sampling:
The Triangle Factory Fire, 1911-2011, ILR School, Kheel Center, Cornell University
The Triangle Fire Trial, Famous Trials website
Triangle Fire, American Experience, PBS
"Art · Memory · Place," Gray Art Gallery, NYU
Adelphi Factory Fire Remembrance Project, Adelphi University
Website for the HBO documentary on the fire, "Triangle, Remembering the Fire"
OSHA commemoration page, includes links to other sites
"A Guide to the Forverts Archival Coverage of the Triangle Fire," Jewish Daily Forward: newly translated materials
OAH session on the Triangle Fire, video on C-Span
In addition, several news sites have posted commemorative articles:
Original UP Coverage, UPI Archives Special Report
"Clinging to Scraps of Memories," New York Times, Joseph Berger
"Remembering the Triangle Fire," The Nation
PBS Newshour Extra on the Triangle Fire, and OnLine NewsHour speaks with David von Drehle, author of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America