Triangle Shirt Waist Fire and Its Effect on Loabor

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and its effect on labor.

In contrast to modern day, Unions during the industrial revolution lived up to the era, and through demonstrations, strikes, and tragedies, were revolutionized. Making the workplace safer, hospitable, and bringing an end to the horrors seen through tragedy and scandal. Upton Sinclair’s tell-all book “The Jungle” brought the inhumane conditions in the meat packing industry, and gave people an inside look into the day-to-day operations of a factory cloaked in scandal, and expelling filth and disease through out the populations. While such tragedies such as the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire of 1911, brought to the masses another look into what these extreme conditions can do for production, and its employee’s well being. These factors contributed to reforms in the way America does business. The modern union was born, and in its infancy proposed the basis of the way we work to this day. The industrial revolution brought the United States into a technological and production level that helped to bring the US into the world stage as an economic super power. However, this technology and ramp up in production resulted in poor working conditions, the exploiting of children, meager wages, and a sense that the inhumane was routine and normal.
The story of a building thought to be completely and safe with state of the art fireproofing and “their owners put had their trust in that.” ("141 men and," 1911) However at about 4:40pm, even though the rest of the buildings occupants went home for the evening. A fire broke out in The Triangle Shirt Waist Factory located on the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors of the ten-story building. The factory employed 600, mostly girls between the ages of 16 – 23 ("141 men and," 1911) and of the 141 people that would perish due to this, 125 of them were girls. Not a lot was known…...

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