Book Discussion on Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Mr. Von Drehle was interviewed about his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, published by Atlantic Monthly Press. He… read more

Mr. Von Drehle was interviewed about his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, published by Atlantic Monthly Press. He described the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 in New York’s Greenwich Village that killed 146 people. The book also describes the waves of Jewish and Italian immigration that inundated New York in the early years of the century, filling its slums and supplying its garment factories with cheap, mostly female, labor. It portrays the Dickensian work conditions that led to a massive waist-worker’s strike in which an unlikely coalition of socialists, socialites, and suffragettes took on bosses, police, and magistrates. Von Drehle shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between labor reformers and the pragmatic politicians of the Tammany Hall political machine. close

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Book Discussion on Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

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179462-16
Category:
Interview
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Interview
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 11, 2004
Last Aired:
Mar 28, 2004

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  • Jan 11, 2004 | 1:23am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 31, 2004 | 9:51am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 14, 2004 | 12:18pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 29, 2004 | 2:27pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 21, 2004 | 5:21am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 28, 2004 | 10:53am EST | C-SPAN 2
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