Remembering the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire

March 24th, 2016 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »


It’s Thursday, March 24, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

The 1911 Triangle Factory Fire


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


This website from the Cornell University, IRL School, and Kheel Center not only provides visitors with insight into the fire, but also access to online versions of primary resources for deeper examination.

During the Industrial Revolution, when many factory working conditions were deplorable and inhumane to its employees, a fire broke out on March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Waist Factory in New York City, claiming the lives of 146 people, most of who were under the age of 25. This historical incident led to significant changes in the labor code of New York State and the implementation of fire safety measures that served as a model for the whole country.

When arriving at the site, choose from the following to start your investigation: 

  • Learn about the Fire
    • Read the story of the fire
    • Review original text documents
    • Listen to and read interviews of survivors and witnesses
    • View photographs and illustrations
  • Gain Perspective
    • View a timeline of events
    • Explore a model of the 9th floor
  • Research Further
    • Find bibliographic resources
    • High school students: Get tips on using primary sources
  • Commemoration
    • Remember the victims
    • Final six victims identified
    • Learn about reforms and outcomes of the fire’s legacy
    • Triangle fire commemoration events

After selecting your first destination, use the upper menu to navigate to other portions of the website. Select the “Primary Sources” link to see a list of links to testimonials, letters, reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and much more.

Select the “Supplemental Resources” link to locate the timeline, a model of the 9th floor, tips for students and more. On the “Tips for Students” page, find the “Resources for Teachers” link on the right sidebar for ideas for other resources to locate for instructional materials.

This website would make a good additional resource for your studies not only about the Industrial Revolution but also labor laws and fire safety as well.


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