sic young workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25,1911. All of the poets, including Pinsky, ignore some of the factual evidence, claiming variously that there were no fire escapes or that all the doors of the factory were locked. What is distinctive about the 'fire poetry' is that most of the contemporary writers do not work in the garment trade, nor are they from New York City nor of the same race or ethnicity as the workers. Return to article 42 See, for example, Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976 Sorin, A Time for Building; Alice Kessler-Harris, Organizing the Unorganizable. 23 For the labor movement, the fire was first and foremost an issue of class, not of ethnicity or of genderan issue that exposed the true nature of capitalism. Christian clergy, along with political leaders, opposed burial in a Jewish cemetery. American Jews are far removed from their working-class past, and the Lower East Side they seek to remember is suffused with nostalgia, but not with pain. 16, responding to the public concern over the loss of life, New York City newspapers condemned the poor formulation and enforcement of safety regulations for workers far more often than they pointed to the culpability of the owners.
Suffragette History: The, triangle, shirtwaist, strike and
The Triangle Strike And Fire
Planet Earth Strikes Back, The Bermuda Triangle, Firebugs in the Firehouse,
Erikson, 1967 and Orleck, Common Sense and a Little Fire, On the wtul and Schneiderman's involvement, see Nancy Schrom Dye, As Equals and as Sisters: Feminism, Unionism, and the Women's Trade Union League of New York (New York: Columbia University Pres, 1980 and Elizabeth Anne. More strikes occurred with better success. The first was placed by the ilgwu itself is Faith All Thats Needed To Be Saved? in 1961, the second, by the National Park Service in 1991, launching its Labor History National Historical Landmark theme. A banner on the platform pronounced, We demand for all women the right to protect themselves. Robert Pinsky, America's poet laureate, incorporates the Triangle Fire, the infamous blaze, into his poem Shirt, a meditation on the many words necessary to describe a shirt and its making(s). Id heard of it before, but never delved too deeply into. Sometimes working 16 hours a day in unheated, poorly lit, unventilated spaces, workers had little choice but to do as they were told, and were paid only for what they produced. As iconic figures such as Samuel Gompers laid the groundwork, the new unions aimed to protect workers from the unregulated vagaries of industry. Forverts printed studio photographs of twenty of the victims on March 27th, only four of them were men, and the paper did not comment on the disproportionate number of women among the dead.