One hundred years ago today The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory had a fire so devastating that it changed history. It amazes me how this one event is still relevant today. For weeks now labor unions and the rights of workers has been all over the news. It was because of this fire that there was a call to arms for workers rights and safety. My sister reminded me that our Mother, who was not yet born when this event occurred, was taught about it in school. It was taught to her like 9/11 is taught today. Here are some books that are helpful in explaining this significant moment in history.
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy by Al Marrin and published by Knopf books for Young Readers. This is the newest book on this subject. Very good for older children.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Graphic Library, Disasters in History) by Jessica Gunderson and published by Capstone Press. This is in graphic novel form. Perfect for the child who finds it easier to read this way.
Fire at the Triangle Factory by Holly Littlefield and illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young, published by Carolrhoda Books. This is a good book for younger readers. It is a fictionalized account of this terrible day.
These are only a few titles that are available on this historical event. They are a good starting point for a child to learn about this time in history.