Today is the sad anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed because they were locked in at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory during a fire due to labor practices at the time. Though this is a tragic event, it changed the face of labor relations and for children interested in history, particularly women’s history, this flash point event is important. I have already highlighted some parts of women’s history earlier this month, but felt that this particular event needed it’s own post. Here is some reading on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire:
- The Locket: Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire by Suzanne Lieurance. An historical fiction view of the tragedy which highlights the terrible labor conditions of the time. Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch takes a similar tone.
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Jessica Gunderson. A graphic novel version of an information book, this text is ideal for bringing in reluctant readers and teach them more about American history.
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Donna Getzinger. This information book is best suited for middle to upper grade readers who want to look at a historical, in-depth look of the event in context.