The way Korporate Amerika treated workers in the early part of the 20th century was just criminal. While the fire department was criticized for not reaching the fire more quickly, Von Drehle believes the criticism was largely undeserved, especially when one considers the mitigating factors. The flames spread quickly to the ninth and tenth floors. He does not put his own assumptions into the events , but tries to make sense and decode the confusion of documents that were available to him. A book that truly gave me pause, enlightened and sorrowed by what our predecessors many of which were female had to go through just to eke out an impoverished living. As the inferno spread, the trapped workers either burned to death inside the building or jumped to their deaths on the sidewalk below. Then there are two chapters dedicated entirely to the heart-wrenching minutes that the fire took place.
Without any formal evacuation procedure the panicked workers rushed to escape the flames any way they could. Instead they found themselves working long hours only to receive low wages along with horrendous working circumstances with… 1432 Words 6 Pages The infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire occurred that day, and left one hundred and forty-six people dead in its wake. Without any formal evacuation procedure the panicked workers rushed to escape the flames any way they could. This is where 500 mostly young immigrant girls were producing shirts for the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. And making that decision in a matter of minutes or even seconds. This book gives you the details of the life and times of the people, the workers, the labour laws, the politics, the tenements. Drehle is a very qualified writer , who worked diligently to make this piece of history come to life for the reader.
Portions of the Triangle factory burned on April 5, 1902, and again on November 1 that same year, while their Diamond Waist Company factory also experienced a pair of suspicious blazes—one in April 1907 and another in April 1910. Women chatted on their way to get their coats and stand in line at the narrow exits. This is where 500 mostly young immigrant girls were producing shirts for the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. This is a book about politics and labor unions, and this topic always annoys me. You mean politicians on both sides were corrupt even two centuries ago? Of course, one of the exit doors was locked, so people were trapped and burned to death or jumped 9 or 10 floors to their death.
Von Drehle talked about his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America. Not only did he relay the events of the actual fire in such a way that helped one get an organized and understandable picture of the situation, but he thoroughly explained contextual accounts of working conditions, labor strikes and the trail after the fire. And let's not forget that ethnic groups were pitted against each other, but also came together when the time was needed. This museum is in a former woollen mill, and the setting of Sarah Ellis's children's book Days of Toil and Tears. In his book Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, David von Drehle argues that the fire largely impacted… 948 Words 4 Pages The Triangle Factory Fire of 1911 The Industrial Revolution is remembered as a major turning point in U. What an incredibly sad book.
Nevertheless, the co-owners of the Triangle Waist Company, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, viewed their employees as nothing more than disposable parts in a giant profit-making machine. Fire equipment in the building consisted of a water bucket placed here and there and a few fire hoses that malfunctioned when needed. This book chronicles a pivotal moment in American labor history, and I highly recommend it, both for its insights into the labor movement at the turn of the last century, and for Von Drehle's efforts to give a voice, and a face, to those that died as a result of the Triangle fire. Some of the survivors even witnessed this What an incredibly sad book. The author stood in the windows of the ninth floor of the Asch Building now the Brown Building, owned by New York University to understand what it must have felt like. Next, the book offers both universal and individual views of what life was like for women working in the garment industry before, and during, the time that the seeds of labor activism were planted, took root, and quickly flourished. Due to a combination of poor building design, a lack of proper leadership, and the absence of any type of disaster preparedness or safety protocols, the fire would kill 146 people, some as young as 14 years of age.
The last 75 pages were specifically to expand on where he got his information and where it was available. I was literally spellbound reading this book - it was that good. He begins by talking about the growth of the labor movement in the garment industry in New York City, emphasizing the strike of 1909, noting how the police and politicians took the side of the business owners against the strikers. The same goes for his approach to introducing many of the players in the book, the men of Tammany Hall, judges, etc. This book presents the events of that day, the progress of the fire and the ensuing panic in vivid and frightening detail. Von Drehle ably describes the growth of the garment industry, the lives of its immigrant work force, the politics of early 20th century New York, and the 1909 strike. It was the worst disaster in New York City history.
All in all , this book was very well written. The building codes were flimsy and unenforced. Over time they were both ruined. That's why the union story will continue to reach across the ages and appeal to people who have sympathy for the suffering of others. The story of the fire only begins to emerge halfway through his book. I thought the author did a great job of organizing and retelling a part of history that could easily be very confusing.
Triangle is an enjoyable and compelling exploration of an influential tragedy, which was the death knell for one era even as it was the herald of another. It's hard to read about it without feeling outraged at the injustice. Von Drehle shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between labor reformers and the pragmatic politicians of the Tammany machine. Another sad chapter in the history of America, and one where greed triumphed over humanity. He has managed to convert dry research into human drama by making us see how much burned in those flames. This harrowing yet compulsively readable book is both a chronicle of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and a vibrant portrait of an entire age. Von Drehle re-examines the Triangle shirtwaist factory, and fully sheds light on the social conditions that led to it , as well as workplace and political changes that occurred because of it.