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Topics in Chronicling America - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

"142 DIE WHEN SHIRTWAIST FACTORY BURNS," reads the March 26, 1911 Washington Times, one day after fire broke out in the factory building of the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Many who leaped to their deaths from windows were young immigrant women. Though factory owners were acquitted of any responsibility, the tragic fire lead to labor law reforms in New York, and is a pivotal moment in labor history. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • March 25, 1911: A fire breaks out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, killing 146 people.
  • April 11, 1911: Factory Co-owners Isaac Harris and Max Blanck are indicted on charges of manslaughter.
  • December 1911: Harris and Blanck are brought to trial and found not guilty.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Triangle company, factory, fire, triangle fire, New York, Harris, Blanck.
  • To narrow results, search between March 1911 and December 1911.

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