Investigate the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by creating an investigation notebook and searching for eyewitness statements and evidence scattered around the room. As they find clues, students understand the horrific events that took place. They’ll wrap up the activity by writing a report explaining what caused the fire, who was to blame for the fire, & propose laws to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. Great for your 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade classroom or homeschool!
Over one hundred years ago, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146 innocent workers and galvanized the conscience of an entire city and sparked the reform of labor safety and worker's rights across America
On March a quick-spreading fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory killed 146 people as thousands watched. The industrial accident had significant long-term effects in industrial safety reforms and union organizing.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911) primary source newspaper account with reading questions