Triangle: The Fire That Changed America The Triangle Waist Co. factory fire, which killed 146 NYC garment workers in 1911, became (pardon the expression) a flash point in America's labor movement.… Triangle: The Fire That Changed America The Triangle Waist Co. factory fire, which killed 146 NYC garment workers in 1911, became (pardon the expression) a flash point in America's labor movement.… Nonfiction
Book Review

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America (Fall 2003)

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A-

Details Writer: David Von Drehle; Genre: Nonfiction

The Triangle Waist Co. factory fire, which killed 146 NYC garment workers in 1911, became (pardon the expression) a flash point in America's labor movement. Von Drehle paints a vivid portrait of early-20th-century Gotham, full of corrupt Tammany Hall bigwigs, passionate labor reformers, and factory owners whose callous disregard for safety by illegally blocking exits caused the fatalities. Besides detailing the blaze, he re-creates the political fallout and a fascinating blow-by-blow of the ensuing trial. But most indelible are the stories of the young victims whose lives were extinguished in just minutes.

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints