Nov 26, 2022
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
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  • Title: Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
  • Author: David von Drehle
  • ISBN: 9780802141514
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
Unlimited Triangle: The Fire That Changed America - by David von Drehle, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, David von Drehle, Triangle The Fire That Changed America Sure to become the definitive account of the fire Triangle is social history at its best a magnificent portrayal not only of the catastrophe but also of the time and the turbulent city in which it took place The New York Times Book ReviewTriangle is a poignantly detailed account of the disaster that horrified the country and changed the course of twent

Unlimited Triangle: The Fire That Changed America - by David von Drehle - Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, Triangle The Fire That Changed America Sure to become the definitive account of the fire Triangle is social history at its best a magnificent portrayal not only of the catastrophe but also of the time and the turbulent city in which it to

Nancy

Posted at Shelf InflictedTriangle The Fire That Changed America is a moving and riveting account of the Triangle fire of March 25, 1911, the deadliest workplace disaster in New York City for 90 years It destroyed the lives of 146 workers, the majority of them young immigrant women The author successfully brings to life the period before, during, and after the fire He looks at the social and economic conditions of the time, working conditions in the garment industry, and the labor movement that w [...]


Chrissie

OK, do you really want the truth I feel I ought to like this book There is absolutely nothing wrong with it BUT, but, but I was not all that engaged Why There were too many people to get engaged with any one of them.It read like a textbook, at least in parts This is a book about politics and labor unions, and this topic always annoys me Improvements are made when it pays in the ballot box.Every individual is thoroughly reviewed so that the reader completely understands why they make the choices [...]


Pamela

We might grumble and complain about long work weeks, commuter traffic, an aloof boss, catty coworkers, inadequate perks, and or uncomfortable working conditions such as non ergonomic furnishings equipment or privacy invasive cubicle farms But none of that compares to dismal, deplorable conditions and starvation salary eighty hour work weeks in factories during the early twentieth century And it certainly doesn t compare to lack of labor reform laws judiciously equitably enforced, that could have [...]


Virginia Messina

A fascinating read It s not just the story of the fire, but also describes historical trends NYC politics and the labor movement that preceded and followed the fire There is some great historical detail here and von Drehle is a wonderful writer The fire and its immediate aftermath are heartbreaking and so is the list of the dead at the end of the book Highly recommended.


Cher

1.5 stars I didn t like it.A most tedious read I hate when authors take material that is most appropriate for a newspaper article, and then stretch it out to reach book length in size This gives nonfiction books a bad name I also find that most journalists turned authors tend to write overly detailed books that read like textbooks without a compelling or engaging narrative This was no exception The author also included completely irrelevant random facts to stretch out the length I suspect For ex [...]


Carrie

Triangle tells the story of the devastating 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York Von Drehle who writes for the Washington Post, my favorite newspaper , tells about the tragedy, but also puts the fire in its historical context touching on issues ranging from the labor movement, immigration, anarchy, Tammany Hall, corrupt courts, and how FDR got his start in politics It is well written and easy to follow Surprisingly at least to me, who had heard this fire referenced before, ma [...]


Mmars

Unbeknownst to me International Women s Day 2013 would take place while I was reading this book Last month I read Hellhound on His Trail during MLK day and this month this history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which ultimately ushered improved workplace conditions and workweek hours I m on a roll The changes were largely brought about by women like Frances Perkins who became the first woman ever to hold a cabinet post, Secretary of Labor, under FDR and by the Women s Trade Union League [...]


Colleen

What an incredibly sad book I recently visited the 9 11 Museum in New York City and we were discussing how it must have been the worst decision in the world for those who were trapped in the towers to decide Would I prefer to die by burning or jumping to my death Which would happen faster Which would be the least painful And making that decision in a matter of minutes or even seconds Many at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory faced the same decision Some of the survivors even witnessed this decisio [...]


Michael

The great garment district fire of 1911 killed 146 people in Lower Manhattan This was the greatest workplace loss of life for decades before and 90 years after, until 9 11 2001 The average factory loft today converted into a swanky condo was 10 or 11 stories, meaning four floors beyond the reach of the highest hook and ladder Fire escapes were grossly inadequate and no smoking rules usually ignored Scrap heaps beneath each work table provided a highly combustible matrix and cotton is incredible [...]


Cflack

A well researched holistic account not only of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911 in which 146 workers were killed, but also of what lead to the fire and what were it s long term historic repercussions Von Drehle does a masterful job of creating the environment in New York City of not only the tenements and factories in which many of the workers lived and worked, but also the political environment Tammany Hall, the Women s Trade Union League and the Consumer League which were al [...]


Kate Lynn

After reading Leon Stein s book, this is the next work over the Triangle Fire that should be read Von Drehle takes the story Stein first told and goes deeper into the layers behind the event Without bogging down readers, he discusses important figures like Charles Murphy and Frances Perkins He even discusses Max Steuer who was the lawyer for Max Blanck and Issac Harris during the trial after the fire The story of the judge and his probable opinions on the trial is also fascinating By far the bes [...]


Aaron Million

Terrible and tragic story about a long forgotten factory fire that resulted in 146 people, mostly women and mainly immigrants, dying gruesome deaths This happened during an era when workers had few rights, few safety precautions, and few means of recourse against their employers if they were treated poorly Unions were just beginning to gain strength, but not nearly enough to obtain needed safety reforms While pundits often decry our current lack of attention span, it seemed to be no better 106 y [...]


Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

What an amazing story David von Drehle clearly spent a great deal of time researching his book which truly does commemorate those that were lost in this horrible work fire He sets the stage for the working conditions, the movement among young women to be heard for improved worker safety and shorter work days I m grateful for the light that von Drehle was able to shed on those that lost their lives, escaping the Mt Vesuvius eruption to the pogroms in Russia, and coming to America for a better lif [...]


Trena

In addition to giving a terrifying minute by minute account of the fire, Von Drehle puts the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire into its larger social context of strikes, socialism, Tammany, and labor reform Though I knew a bit about the fire itself, I didn t know much about labor history of the time and the author does a nice job of keeping the pace going while still explaining the philosophy and tensions There are parts that seem extraneous, but it was overall a well written and engaging book I apprecia [...]


☕Laura

On March 25, 1911, just before closing time, a fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company factory in New York City and quickly raged out of control 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 This book presents the events of that day, the progress of the fire and the ensuing panic in vivid and frightening detail The background [...]


Melinda

Wow What a fantastic read A fascinating and well researched tale of the great fire of the New York garment factory known as the Triangle This book gives you the details of the life and times of the people, the workers, the labour laws, the politics, the tenements a unique glimpse of the fire, the aftermath, the trial and what changed because of the tragic deaths in this fire.I was literally spellbound reading this book it was that good I am looking forward to reading other works by this author.


Sharon

Interesting and informative but it got bogged down with too many names and too much political history, covering many years before the actual event of the Triangle fire, through many years after it.


James

A gripping account of one of the worst tragedies in American history.


Kazen

I felt like I knew turn of the century New York going into this book I ve been studying it since I was a kid In middle school we learned about the Tammany political machine and yellow journalism In college I learned how the Triangle fire led to changes in the fire code, and that exit doors should always open out instead of in A couple of years ago I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and gained a ground level appreciation of the time.It turns out that was only the barest of frameworks Triangle shores [...]


Eileen

This was a very well detailed and insightful account of the historic 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory which led to revolutionary changes in the field of labor law as suggested by the book s title and summary It was also a revealing portrait of the lives of immigrants particularly those of women who worked in the New York City garment industry in the early 1900 s.The first four chapters of this book begin by providing a snapshot of what New York City was like in the early 20th Century [...]


Kressel Housman

The Triangle Fire is a well known historical event in frum circles for two reasons 1 most of its victims were young Jewish women, and 2 the fire was on Shabbos Employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factories were allowed the option of not working on Shabbos, but they would lose the day s pay for it Most chose to work, and 146 lost their lives for it Their Jewish employers faced a lawsuit afterward Though they won they were defended by yet another Lower East Side Jew , their reputations were tarni [...]


David

146 people died in this fire This 2003 book contains, in its appendix, a list of 140 victims, probably the most accurate list up to that time Since then, a researcher has identified has identified the remaining six victims Read about it here nytimes 2011 02 21 nyrThere is also a fascinating Cornell University website about this firerrnell trianglefire Trivial error spotting In Chapter 8, Henry Morgenthau Sr is incorrectly characterized as a future secretary sic of the Treasury Morgenthau Sr s so [...]


Drebbles

Extremely well researched and written Triangle is the story of the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factor that killed 146 workers, most of them young women David von Drehle not only writes about the fire, but the events leading up to the fire, including a prolonged strike by garment workers in 1909 The conditions the workers had to deal with are also described as well as the incredibly long work week 100 hours for low wages which the owners tried to make even lower whenever they could Von D [...]


Curren

A fascinating read I thought the author did a great job of organizing and retelling a part of history that could easily be very confusing 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 He was also straight forward in describing the facts that outlined examples of bias illicit activity dis [...]


Joanne-in-Canada

For a non fiction book that is not fictionalized , Triangle The Fire That Changed America is an engaging account of the events before, during and after the tragic March 25, 2911 fire in the Triangle Waist Factory in New York City A waist was a lady s blouse Von Drehle provides a thorough context to the fire the political, legal, social and labour background is described in detail.My interest flagged once or twice during the descriptions of the union activities maybe because Canada has recently e [...]


Bap

First read Michael Leccese s great review Then go to Washington Square in NYC where the building still stands where sweatshop workers mostly young immigrant woman jumped to their deaths, sometmes holding hands with other workers to escape the flames It is so eerily like the World Trade center in that regard The doors to the factory had been nailed shut to prevent workers from taking breaks The building codes were flimsy and unenforced the owners were greed and sickenly escaped all liability in s [...]


Marti

An interesting story for those who like books on Gilded Age New York The account of the fire and its aftermath was a gripping read, and very reminiscent of 9 11 What makes this disaster different than the hundreds of similar incidents before it, is that it followed a strongly awakened wave of activism among women garment workers However, before the fire, Tammany was firmly on the side of the moneyed interests ie the factory owners , using their police force and hired goons, to beat up the strike [...]


Alisa

Very moving story of the Triangle Waist Factory fire on NYC s lower east side in March 1911 where 146 people, 123 of which were young women, perished in a horrific industrial fire The author did a superb job of bring to life the people involved in the tragedy, including those who perished, stitching together the forces of immigration which resulted in so many immigrant women working in low paying jobs, the rampant corruption which allowed the palid working conditions to go unchecked, the lack of [...]


Annette Hartzer

I am about half way through this book and WOW The way Korporate Amerika treated workers in the early part of the 20th century was just criminal Yes, this tragedy and the events leading up to it were some of the main events contributing to the strength of the labor movement in our country This book is just fascinating so far Very factually presented without undue sensation.OK, I ve now finished and this was an excellent book Of course, one of the exit doors was locked, so people were trapped and [...]


Monica

One of the most fascinating books I ve read in a long time Highly recommended The year was 1911 New York City was, like today, brimming with immigrants from Russian Jews who escaped genocide to Italians who left hometowns that were destroyed by an erupting Mt Vesuvius They started their new lives in the land of opportunities Some were fortunate enough to work their way up from poverty to become shop and factory owners, lawyers, and politicians But most lived in tightly packed tenements and worke [...]



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