The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Revolt of the Girls | 2

American History Tellers

By Wondery

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Revolt of the Girls | 2

Wednesday, 30 October

Inspired by the labor strikes at Triangle and other factories in Lower Manhattan, more than 30,000 garment workers took to the streets of New York in protest in late 1909. For the first time, an industry of women sought not to just halt production at one factory — they wanted to put the brakes on an entire trade. 

With over four hundred garment factories shut down, factory owners banded together with police and the courts to fight the striking workers. But as the labor movement attracted new high-society allies, internal politics began to fracture the labor movement, threatening to derail the entire cause.


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