February 8, 2011
February 8, 2011
On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside. One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.
But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time. It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life. It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.
With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America's defining tragedies.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, this compelling non-fiction book explores the history of labor activism, the lives of the immigrants who populated factories in New York City, and the particulars of the terrible fire that sparked actual change for workers. With photographs and resources.
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: People + Places / Other, History / United States / 20th Century
- Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
- Subgenre: History / United States / 20th Century, People + Places / Other
- Age: Teen
- Language: English
- Author: Albert Marrin
- Online Item #: 13210551
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-3880
- ISBN: 9780375868894
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported