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HIS 211 – US History from Reconstruction to the Present Paper #2 –The Triangle F
HIS 211 – US History from Reconstruction to the Present Paper #2 –The Triangle Fire Paper length: 4-5 double-spaced, typed pages Grade: 23 points of your final grade (Any plagiarism, even partial, will result in F grade for this assignment plus 5 points penalty). Learning objectives: understand working conditions in the early 1900s, assess the importance of the Triangle fire in labor history, compare past working conditions with current problems. Assignment: March 25th marked the 111th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire, in which 146 workers lost their lives. Pretending you are a journalist for a contemporary newspaper or magazine (such as The New York Times, The New Republic, or Escriba/Write, the Hostos newspaper), write a personal essay reflecting on the historical significance of the 1911 Triangle Fire and its continued relevance. Below are some brainstorming questions for you to consider: What are the causes of the tragedy (beyond the obvious answer of a “match” or spark)? Do you think the owners of the shirtwaist factory were to blame for the deaths of the workers? What was the impact of the Triangle Fire on American society? Did anything change as a result of this fire? Has there been progress in protecting workers on the job? In which ways is the story of the Triangle Fire still relevant today? Are there any working conditions that still need to be improved? Could a fire like this happen again? How can people resolve or improve labor conditions? Assignment step by step: Get familiar with the Triangle Fire tragedy: watch audiovisuals on The Triangle Fire I posted on Blackboard, re-read chapter 18 of the textbook, and explore the suggested sources below. In your paper you should: Describe briefly for your readers what happened, when, where and why; Provide some information about working conditions in garment factories in the early 20th century; Explain the overall significance of the Triangle Fire and how it related to topics such as labor, immigration and industrialization; Conclude by making some personal reflections (i.e.: what struck you about this event, what kind of questions it raised for you, what you have learned from it). Make sure to cite all your sources using either Chicago Manual of Style or MLA. Make sure to follow my guidelines on format, structure, and general writing. Submit an electronic copy of your paper to SafeAssign on Blackboard. Sources: In addition to the textbook, you must use at least four primary sources and two secondary sources from the online archives below: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/triangle/ http://trianglefire.ilr.cornell.edu/ http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/triangle/trianglefire.html

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