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American Experience
Triangle Fire
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On March 25th, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. The blaze ripped through the congested loft; huge piles of trimmings fed the flames. Petrified workers desperately tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the 9th floor locked and the woefully inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers arrived just in time to see young men and women jumping from the windows. By the time the fire had burned itself out, 146 people were dead. Less than two years earlier, the workers of the factory had been leaders in an industry-wide strike to protest dismal wages and dangerous working conditions. Despite unlikely support from some of the wealthiest women in the city, including Anne Morgan, most of the workers returned to the their shops without having their demands met. It took the tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage to force government action. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

An Apograph Productions Inc. Film for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (c) 2011



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Chicago: “American Experience; Triangle Fire,” 01/07/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7882ACE8042D4BD581DF51AEB94109C5.
MLA: “American Experience; Triangle Fire.” 01/07/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7882ACE8042D4BD581DF51AEB94109C5>.
APA: American Experience; Triangle Fire. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7882ACE8042D4BD581DF51AEB94109C5
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