Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 182 pages
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On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside. One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time. It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life. It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.

With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America's defining tragedies.

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Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

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In 1911, 146 garment workers died in what was New York's deadliest disaster until the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. While Marrin's narrative leads with the history of labor and ... Read full review

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It was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in United States history, but you may not ever hear about it in history class. The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in 1911 ... Read full review


U N T E N T S From the Ashes
Hucldled Mases
lnlo the Magic Cauldron
Ill Flesh and Blood So Cheap
The Uprising
Fire 1 the Triangle
V1 A Stricken Conscience
VI The Price of Liberty l17

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ALBERT MARRIN is the author of numerous highly regarded nonfiction books for young readers, including Years of Dust; The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America; and Sitting Bull and His World. His many honors include the Washington Children's Book Guild and Washington Post Non-Fiction Award for an "outstanding lifetime contribution that has enriched the field of children's literature," the James Madison Book Award for lifetime achievement, and the National Endowment for Humanities Medal.

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