Saturday, April 21, 2012

Flesh & blood so cheap : the Triangle Fire and its legacy by Albert Marrin  (Alfred A. Knopf).

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Just over a hundred years ago, nearly 150 women, mostly poor Italian and Jewish immigrants, were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in NYC. Poor and unsafe working conditions and greedy bosses led to the disaster. This book is not just an account of that event, but also an examination of every day life for poor and immigrant people and the labor reforms--led by immigrant women-- made after the disaster. Filled with period photographs, this is a highly readable, compelling, and ultimately inspirational book. People--even ones with little power-- can make a difference!