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Learning Exercise: The Triangle Fire Trial

The Triangle Fire Trial
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.
Course: U.S. History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
August 03, 2009


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?



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


Triangle Shirtwaist Fire; Labor History; New York City.



Learning Objectives

To examine a major event that forced intervention to improve safety in American factories.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised



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