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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 03, 2009
Date Last Modified: Aug 03, 2009
Title: The Triangle Fire Trial
Description: The Triangle Fire was a shocking event that stunned the nation and forced employers to review safety conditions in factories. This site examines the events surrounding the fire.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours
Topics: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire; Labor History; New York City.
Course: U.S. History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To examine a major event that forced intervention to improve safety in American factories.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." READ "The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Trial." Answer the following questions: 1. What were the New York City building and safety laws for factories?, 2. What caused the fire?, 3. Describe what happened at the factory during the fire., 4. What did the Fire Report say?, 5. What was the Fire Commission's conclusions about the fire?, 6. Who were the victims (summarize the information)?. Summarize the trial testimony, 8. Summarize the Defense and Prosecution positions, 9. What was the trial verdict?, 10. Who was to blame?, 11. Was the trial fair?, 12. Were safety conditions improved after the fire?
Assessment: Paper.
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