March 24, 2011

Tomorrow is the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

One of the most horrific events in the history of New York City, until September 11, 2001, was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, most of whom were recent immigrant Jewish women. This factory occupied the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors of the Asch Building, which was in Greenwich Village, close to Washington Square Park. The doors to the stairwells and exits had been locked, which meant that for some of these women, their only means of escape was jumping out of windows.

As a result of this fire, many cities and states passed anti-sweatshop laws and improved fire codes.

Suzanne Lieurance, who wrote The Locket, a historical fiction title about the fire, also wrote The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Sweatshop Reform in American History, geared toward the middle school reader.

The Locket, also geared toward the middle school reader, discusses the life of Galena, an eleven-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant who works with her older sister Anya at the Triangle Shirtwaist company, and is a witness to the fire.

Suzanne also created a book trailer on The Locket:

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Ben, Brian, Mark, Chris, Pam, and all the Enslow gang,

    Just to let people know - I'm on a virtual tour for both of these books all this week and I'll be talking about the fire tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 CDT on Book Bites for Kids. People can listen to the show tomorrow (or to the replay anytime after that) at and they can call into the live show at 1-646-716-9239. They can find out how to follow my tour by visiting the National Writing for Children Center - where the books are showcased all this month - at - we're giving away prizes all along the tour and it's easy to enter the giveaways!

    Thanks so much for all your support!