Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Essay

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Also, the type of the building structure exhibited by this digital artifact is modern (permanent design). More information about these people can also be deduced from the type of commercial activities they were doing (they had organized modern job whereby they were employed as they can be seen working in a hall and using modern skills- sewing clothes using sewing machines). This digital artifact was taken from a working place. The period as it can be deduced from the monologue color of the available images, it was before mid-twentieth century as colored cameras came into existence after mid-twentieth century3. The major events portrayed by the images from this digital archives for artifacts, their tragedy fire that occurred in a tall building and which resulted to the death of many young people, the activities of rescuing the victims by the police can also be identified4.

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Although most of these young ladies were burnt to death while inside the Triangle Waist Company, some of these young ladies meet their death as they tried to escape the fire tragedy by throwing themselves through the windows of this tall building. This secondary source further examines the context of this tragedy, impact, and trajectory of this tragic event. This book further explores the industrialization demands that women have been placed in urban jobs. There is a need for labor reforms as seen in the women fight for a reunion and also Triangle fire’s significant. This book also presents various documents or report by newspapers as well as personal stories of agitated fire survivors. At that period, immigrants were flooding and were desperate to find any kind of job including the notoriously overcrowded and difficult working conditions garment factories.

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Rose Cohen in her testimonial stated that they were fed with uncooked rice. After a day’s work, her back would ache, but she did not complain because she was desperate to make enough cash to bring in her mother and the other children. The horrid condition was a recipe for disaster waiting to happen, and indeed the strike happened in March 1911. This essay will discuss the historical events that led to the Shirtwaist fire tragedy in 1911. The worker's strikes were mainly young immigrant women workers that were demanding for better pay, safer working conditions and lesser working hours. Their main safety concern was that the exit doors of the floors should not anymore. The owners were no very happy with the striking workers, and they demanded the striking workers be rounded up.

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Most of the striking women were members of the International ladies Union League. They were provided with legal and financial assistance by the Women Trade Union League, WTUL. The 10th floor got a warning message, but the 9th wasn’t informed. There were completely unaware of the fire below them. The 10th-floor workers escaped through the roof and crossed over to the university building. Only one worker lost his life on that floor. Other escape routes were the elevators that saved nearly 100 lives while other jumped through the window. New safety laws for factory businesses were established. The Bureau of Fire Prevention was formed in 1911. The agency embarked on an inspection of the Asch Building and discovered several safety violations in 191314. However, these safety regulations continue to be violated by the garment industries.

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In sweatshops, underage employment is still rampant. Smyth, Frederick Hugh, photographer. Collection of Fire Photographs, ca. New York Historical Society. Stein, L. ed.  Management Decision, 41(4), pp. Lemlich, C. Life in the Shop.  New York Evening Journal, 26. Greenwald, Richard A.

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