The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire: Background information when reading City of Dreams

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City of Dreams

The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

by Tyler Anbinder

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City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder
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    Oct 2016, 768 pages
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    Oct 2017, 768 pages

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire

Immigrants to New York City have always faced impediments in their efforts to assimilate. A new landscape, a new culture, and even a new language invariably pose challenges to the most determined recent arrivals. Often, the jobs available are at the lowest rung of the economic ladder, and especially in the days of unregulated workplaces, required long hours under hazardous conditions.

Such were the circumstances in New York's burgeoning garment industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, where thousands of unskilled women immigrants toiled in stifling sweatshops for meager pay clocking twelve-hour shifts under unsafe and unsanitary working conditions. The consequences of such dire and unregulated labor became clear on March 25, 1911 in one of the country's most devastating industrial disasters, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory fire. This incident is chronicled extensively in Tyler Anbinder's City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York.

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