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American Experience: Triangle Fire

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The Triangle Fire chronicles the fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killing one hundred and forty-eight young women and forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States. A relationship that is still in question today as Americans re-examine the balance between the welfare of citizens and the motivations of global capitalism.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AR4VYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on January 31, 2011
March, 1911. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company, located on a corner of Manhattan's Washington Square, was in many ways representative of the now infamous sweat shops that exploited young immigrants to the city. Poor wages, long hours, and unsafe working conditions had been protested months before by the largest work stoppage in New York history up to that time. While the strike made some gains, many problems persisted, and when a deadly fire broke out within the Triangle workshop, the death toll made the need for reform brutally real.

In this documentary for PBS, director producer Jamila Wignot, and executive producer Mark Samels examine the relationship between New York's social divisions, political corruption, the industrialists' quest for profit, the human rights of workers, and the emergence of the labor movement. Delving into the archives of survivor interviews, photographs, films, and written accounts, the narrative personalizes the struggle, aided by insightful commentary from historians. Most of the Triangle workers were young immigrant women wondering why they were deprived of their share of the American Dream. Extensive footage of the factory work rooms, and of the ruthless treatment of picketers, lead up to the fire itself, which broke out on March 25. Five hundred people occupied the factory that day, and while three quarters escaped, the plight of the victims left helpless is graphically presented. In 45 minutes, 146 people died because of safety violations, in spite of the efforts of fire personnel, which are also well documented. Not surprisingly, the tragedy prompted horror and outrage from the public, which had been well informed about workers' complaints in previous months, and which willingly contributed to relief efforts for the families left behind. Finally, the impact of the tragedy, immense public pressure for safety and labor reforms on the local, state, and federal levels, is covered.

Powerful and compelling.
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My daughter is working on her PhD in history and currently teaching at a university. She has found that nothing teaches history like seeing it. She teaches about working conditions and women and unions and found this video at the school library. She was impressed with the way this video shows the conditions and the circumstances involving all three areas of her program. I decided that this was a video that she was going to use constantly and to make sure that she didn't have to worry about if the library had it in or the quality of an overused video I would buy her her own copy for her library. Anyone who wants to see the struggles of the working woman and the role this tragedy played in the formation of unions needs to see this movie. For anyone just interested in history it is a real eye-opener and being so visual and documented it remains with the viewer.
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I used this DVD for the first time this school year and my students were very interested...always a plus! It included background info. about the big strike female factory workers held the year before the fire and showed how concessions the workers did not gain led to the huge number of deaths in the fire. This also led to discussions of unions today, union-busting being done in certain corporations, and "right to work" (it's a misnomer) legislation in many states today. Any time events from the past can be connected to the present, it becomes more real for students. Some of it was very moving: hearing from police officers (who had beaten these very same women during the strike) and firefighters with the actors' voices breaking with emotion, describe their feelings of helplessness as they watched women fall to their deaths, long hair aflame, some of my students had tears streaming down their own faces. We talked about the horrible choice some of those women made: to die in the fire or to jump to their deaths and compared it to the people who jumped to their deaths on September 11th. This DVD gave me the opportunity to have discussions with my students that would have been difficult to start without it. It was beautifully done. When my students see that we're going to watch a History Channel, A & E, or PBS DVD, they complain. The said they very much enjoyed this one and will have a better attitude about educational DVDs from now on.
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Others write that this documentary covers little about the fire itself, and that is true. However, I think it does an excellent job of showing early labor practices, and the abuse of labor. The fire is used as an example of how little the owners cared about their workers. If you only want to learn about the fire, this may not be the story for you. If you are interested in labor practices in general, and in the abuse of labor, I highly recommend this documentary.
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Do NOT buy this film thinking you'll get a complete overview of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire or Strikes. You won't.

I first learned about the Triangle *Fires* when I was ten years old. (The company had a history of suspicious fires in the years leading up to the tragedy -- almost always at the end of the busy season.) My father -- a member of *management* -- felt the Triangle was an important part of labor history. He said: "Remember the Triangle Fire, Kayla. If you work in a factory, always know where your exits are every moment of every day. If you feel a threat, don't wait. Go!" I was given a copy of Leon Stein's book about the Triangle Fire when I was relearning how to read after a brain injury. The voices of the men and women who survived the fire came alive again for me, because I already knew their names and their words from the First Edition. Their names, their stories of survival and of loss touched me deeply as a child and still do. As a former Union member and as an historian, I was very pleased that American Experience was doing an episode about the Triangle Strike and Fire.

And then, I watched the film. Words that *belonged* to actual people aren't credited except rarely and then only in the Closed Captioning. The narration speaks of immigrant women shirtwaist workers who banded together and went on strike for better working conditions and wages. (The film HAD to mention Clara Lemich, whose powerful speech helped begin the strike. It also mentioned the wealthy women who helped back the strikers. Money talks, one guesses.) The strikers themselves were beaten and horribly mistreated by paid-off police; and they stood firm. They struck for shorter working hours and better working conditions and workplace safety.
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