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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

By: Al Marrin

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Have you ever wondered why we have fire drills in school? What about the lighted EXIT signs over school doors, fire extinguishers in every classroom, and panic bars on exit doors? Maybe you have never considered why these laws are in effect, but would it surprise you to know that they exist because of a fire that happened in a factory in New York City in 1911? The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire held the record as New York’s deadliest workplace fire until the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Flesh & Blood So Cheap will help you understand the world of the early 20th Century and the impact this tragedy had on the lives of innocent Americans and recent immigrants much like the 9/11 attack has had on the people living in the 21st Century.


Prepared by Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD