The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Sixteen Minutes | 3

American History Tellers

By Wondery

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Sixteen Minutes | 3

Wednesday, 6 November

Two years after the labor strikes that shook the city of New York, the workers of Triangle factory returned to better wages and lower hours. But when a fire broke out near closing time on a Saturday afternoon, these same workers found themselves swept up in a catastrophe. Some would escape, but many would not. 

In the weeks that followed, a city mourned and began to wrestle with questions of responsibility. Where did the blame for the tragedy lie? With the city? With the factory owners? Or with the workers themselves? 


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