An Rong Xu for The New York Times

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
March 25, 1911

Historic Place
One of the deadliest industrial disasters in American history took place at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory at 23 Washington Place, when 146 garment workers, mostly young recent immigrants, died in a fire. The horrific event marked a pivotal shift in American labor policy, building code regulation, and workplace safety laws.

Narrated by Kathleen Chalfant
Poem: “Shirt” by Robert Pinsky
Music by Aaron Copeland

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