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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Every year this is marked in New York.

It should be remembered everywhere.

We have come a long way since the age of the robber barons. We do not expect kids to work. ( Some girls who died at shirtwaist were my daughters age or younger.) We have fire doors, we have workplace safely laws. We have legal labor unions. But please, let us be vigilant. We need to speak up for the rights of the people who just got here. In many cases they don't know what protections to demand for themselves.

We read of these sorts of disasters happening far away. But they can happen here. They do happen here. We are all neighbors.  We need to look out for each other. One of the most shameful things about the shirtwaist fire in particular, is that Harris and Blanck, the 'shirtwaist kings' were immigrants themsleves. They were two of the success stories. They had arrived in NYC with nothing. They made their money standing on the backs of little girls. if they had been raised in wealthy ignorance, I think I might find them a little more easy to forgive.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/triangle-shirtwaist-fire-lessons-anniversary_b_5019431.html

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eglantine_br
Mar. 25th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
I was lucky enough to have parents old enough to remember the bad old days. Also I had it in school. (My schooling was a little strange, but what it did teach I learned well enough.)

Husband and I have passed this knowledge on.