Books about the Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company

The Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire is one of the most deadly industrial accidents in American history. 146 factory workers died in the fire--almost all were women, most 16-23 and most recent Italian or Jewish immigrants. Tragically, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company owners had placed locks on all of the exits, save the elevator, so when the fire broke out, there was almost no means of escape.


Rather than burn to death, many of the women jumped to the deaths. This tremendous tragedy galvanized the public and led to stricter laws and stronger unions.

The following books discuss the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire--via compelling non-fiction accounts or heart- wrenching historical fiction stories set at that time period.

Books on the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire


Hear My Sorrow
The Diary of Angela Denoto,
a Shirtwaist Worker

by Deborah Hopkinson
4th grade - 7th grade

Dreams in the Golden Country
The Diary of Zipporah Feldman,
a Jewish Immigrant Girl

by Kathryn Lasky
4th grade - 8th grade



Uprising
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
6th grade - 8th grade

Flesh & Blood So Cheap
The Triangle Fire and It's Legacy
by Albert Marrin
6th grade & Up



Ashes of Roses
by Mary Jane Auch
6th grade - 9th grade

Triangle: The Fire That
Changed America

by David Von Drehle


Yep, this is a pretty short list. There aren't many kids books out there about this topic (which makes sense, right?)  This is what we have so far. If you know of any great ones that we have missed, please let us know.


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