Von Drehle chronicles the tragic day in 1911 when fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. With ladders too short for a rescue, 146 people died--123 were women. It was the worst industrial disaster in NY history until 9/11.Von Drehle chronicles the tragic day in 1911 when fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. With ladders too short for a rescue, 146 people died--123 were women. It was the worst industrial disaster in NY history until 9/11.Read Less
Grove Press, New York, 2004. 2nd printing, Fine/softcover, Softcover, 340pgs. In March 1911, 146 workers lost their lives who worked at the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Packed with care and shipped promptly.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY, 2003. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/Fine, Hard Cover, Size=6.5"x9.5", 360pgs(Index). Clean, tight & bright. NO ink names, bookplates, DJ tears etc. Price unclipped. ISBN 0871138743 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 340 pp., illus., biblio., index; 23 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. This kind of catastrophe has now been exported overseas to places like Bangladesh thanks to American corporations and the bottomless greed of their shareholders. "On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. The final toll was 146 people-123 of them women. It was the worst workplace disaster in New York City History." "This harrowing yet compulsively readable book is both a chronicle of the Triangle shirtwaist fire and a vibrant portrait of an entire age. It follows the waves of Jewish and Italian immigration that inundated New York in the early years of the century, filling its slums and supplying its garment factories with cheap, mostly female labor. It portrays the Dickensian work conditions that led to a massive waist-worker's strike in which an unlikely coalition of socialists, socialites, and suffragettes took on bosses, police, and magistrates. Von Drehle shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between idealistic labor reformers and the supremely pragmatic politicians of the Tammany machine."-Publisher.
The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911 lasted only one-half hour, but it was a half-hour that changed our nation. For ninety years it was the worst workplace disaster in American history, with a final death toll of 146, a disaster that ultimately led to a wave of reform ? not all of which has endured. Through skillful storytelling VonDrehle leads us carefully through a detailed history of the labor movement that sought to raise the working standards of immigrants, details the deplorable working conditions that led to many strikes, and introduces us to the complex machinations of New York?s Tammany Hall. It illustrates how the lives of the immigrants who both perished and lived became intricately linked with those of politicians, wealthy suffragists and reformers. Triangle is a story that readers will not soon forget.
May 10, 2007
Disappointing analysis of a major event
With a title like this, one would expect a lot from Triangle, and it is - at points - a very compelling book. The description of the shirt-waist factory fire, which killed about 145 people (mostly young, Jewish women) and was the greatest workplace disaster in New York history until 9/11, is devastating. The fire - which as a poor student of history I'd never heard of - lead to major changes in terms of shifting power towards labor and away from business (at least in relative terms). For me, that was the reason I bought the book, to find out what impact this fire had on the country...and author David Von Drehle sort of punts on that aspect. He covers this, to be sure, but the book is more about the immediate events leading up to the fire, and the trial that followed. Discussions of the actual impact are nominal, and that's a disappointment. The book is good, to be sure, but it wasn't what the title led me to believe it would be, and in the end, I'm not sure I could recommend it.
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