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Frances Perkins and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Iain Martin

Image_of_Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire_on_March_25_-_1911The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life. –Frances Perkins

This month marks the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911. It was the deadliest industrial fire in U.S. history killing 146 workers, mostly immigrant women under the age of 25. The event was a catalyst to create laws that enforced minimum standards for safer working conditions.

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