The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Bronx Community World Humanities Essay

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“The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire”
The primary sources concerning “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” provide lost of information regarding this historical event. Alongside the documentary, the two primary sources chose are “141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire; Trapped High Up in Washington Place Building; Street Strewn with Bodies; Piles of Dead Inside” and “Stories of Survivors. And Witnesses and Rescuers Outside Tell What They Saw”. The documentary, “Triangle Remembering the Fire”, starts by giving information about immigration during the 20th century. Many individuals and their families arrived in the United States from the old world to establish in the United States to have better life opportunities. This documentary lasted 42 minutes and it was full of emotional moments and facts that go from the series of the event leading the tragedy to what happened aftermath. It shows the company’s failure toward the death of hundreds of workers and also the government neglects toward imposing regulations when it comes to protecting the rights of workers. “Triangle Remembering the Fire” documentary displays incessant information regarding the place, people’s death, time of the event, a possible cause of the fire and even interviews of people related to the victims. Furthermore, the first article chose is “141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire; Trapped High Up in Washington Place Building; Street Strewn with Bodies; Piles of Dead Inside” is mainly focusing on the fire and giving many awful details in regard to hundreds of girls leaping off the building toward their imminent death. The second article “Stories of Survivors. And Witnesses and Rescuers Outside Tell What They Saw” is primarily focusing on the experiences of survivors and what the witnesses have to say about the fire, specifically about the sad moments of girls jumping off the triangle building.
These three documents deliver at hand information and details of the fire, interviews of people related to the victims and survivors and witnesses of the occur. Combining information from the three primary sources the fire took place on March 25th, 1911 in one of the newest skyscrapers in Manhattan. The fire broke on the 8th floor of the Triangle factory and the causes are still unknown. This fire killed hundreds of women and men who worked in the factory. Most of these victims were females from the ages of 16-23 years old. The Triangle Factory owned by Harris and Blanc was a fireproof building. However, it was not equipped with important equipment such as water sprinklers and emergency exits available for the workers. When the fire broke many people could be safe thanks to the elevators, but many of them did not have the same luck and die burned or decided to jump off the building running away from the flames.
The documentary overall narrates the series of events that led to the main tragedy and what happened after it was over. The primary sources, on the ot...

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