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    Mother Mags, LeighAnn, hanswall, CMYK

    It seems that the employees caught in the fire were not the ones who were striking.  A paragraph in the NY times March 26, 1911, in the PBS additional materials was most interesting.

    On the three upper floors of the building were 600 employes of the waist company, 500 of whom were girls. The victims -- mostly Italians, Russians, Hungarians, and Germans -- were girls and men who had been employed by the firm of Harris & Blanck, owners of the Triangle Waist Company, after the strike in which the Jewish girls, formerly employed, had become unionized and had demanded better working conditions. The building had experienced four recent fires and had been reported by the Fire Department to the Building Department as unsafe, on account of the insufficiency of its exits./blockquote>

    You can watch the PBS Program on PBS. It is one of the superb American Experience  series.

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    by samddobermann on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 03:35:20 AM PDT

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