In 1911 in Greenwich Village, New York, 146 women and teenage girls were killed in a large factory fire reportedly after someone dropped their cigarette.
The controversy with the event comes from the doors the factory owners padlocked to keep their workers from stealing the cloth they worked with. This combined with inadequate fire escapes lead to the mass death of the mostly Jewish and Italian victims.
You can only imagine the hysteria surrounding the incident.
If you have read one of the Huffington Post’s 200 articles about the event you may be aware of the connections between the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the recent protests in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.
Factory conditions are rarely great, but when 100 years after a small holocaust occurs inside of a New York City factory due to negligence and mistreatment, regressive legislation comes suggesting less worker protection, there is a cause for concern.
And concerned we are.