The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire took place on March 25, 1911 in New York City. The managers of the factory had locked doors to stairwells and exits in order to prevent breaks and theft, resulting 146 garment workers (mainly Jewish, Italian, and Russian immigrants, aged 16-23) either burning alive inside of the building, or jumping to their deaths.
No one knows exactly what started the fire - but a probable theory is that a cigarette turned the piles of highly flammable fabric into a deadly inferno. Had the doors not been locked from the outside, many of the women may have been able to escape.
Triangle Waist Company was owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris. Both men survived the fire, and were acquitted by a jury. However, they lost a civil suit in 1913 that forced them to pay $75.00 for each of the deceased. Their insurance company paid Blanck and Harris $60,000 ($400 per victim). Later, Blanck was arrested for locking the door in another of his factories during working hours, and was fined $20.
The women who worked in the factory received between $7 and $12 a week.
The women who worked in the Triangle Waist Factory were grossly exploited- and while this story is a piece of historical fiction, exploitation like this is still all too real.
This project was an experiment - a way to explore character relationships in my Carp Noctem project, but it was also a way for me to express my desire for knowledge. Before we rush into causes for the glory, we need to think about the people who will be harmed - including ourselves. While the outcome of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire tragedy was labor reform, there can be no good that comes from nothing. Goodness comes from sacrifice and pain, both at the cost of innocents and at the cost of ourselves. Deception is rife on both sides - don’t blindly trust leaders. Don’t blindly dismiss warnings. Give thought to your decision, and make an informed one. Be prepared for the sacrifice.
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