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Learning Exercise

Material: The Triangle Factory Fire
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jan 02, 2004
Date Last Modified: Jan 02, 2004
Title: The Triangle Factory Fire
Description: This site contains information about the March 25, 1911, fire in the New York City factory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company and the resulting investigations and reforms.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 8-10 hours of reading and research.
Topics: United States Labor History
United States Women's History
United States Urban History
Audience: College General Ed, High School, Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Basic computer skills. Basic knowledge about United States labor and urban history.
Learning Objectives: To inform students about a major national urban labor diaster.
To inform students about a major milestone in women's history.
To educate students about working conditions among the urban poor.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: This assignment requires viewing and reading the Triangle Factory Fire web site sections: Introduction, Sweatshops and Strikes, Fire, Mourning, and Protest, Relief Work, Investigation, Trial, and Reform, Comentaries, and List of Victims. It is essential that the photographs of the fire and its aftermath be viewed. This assignment uses original photographs, contemporary accounts, and oral histories.

Write a 6-8-page paper answering the following questions:
1. What are sweatshops?
2. Who was employed at the factory and who were the owners?
3. What caused the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory?
4. What were the results of the fire?
5. What are the demographics of the victims?
6. Who was responsible for the fire?
7. How did this tragedy affect the people of New York City? of the United States?
8. Could this tragedy been averted?
9. How did this fire affect future laws affecting the workplace? Be specific.
10. Could something like this happen today?
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