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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster

This video segment from the documentary The Jewish Americans outlines the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in New York City.  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was owned by Max Blank and Isaac Harris, ambitious Russian Jewish immigrants. Their company employed Jewish immigrants who worked in sweatshop conditions.  On March 25, 1911, a fire started on the eighth floor.  The exits were locked, and fire truck ladders only reached to the sixth floor, so there was no escape for the workers trapped inside the burning building. One hundred forty-six workers were killed.  Although Blank and Harris were tried for manslaughter, they were acquitted.

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