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Category: Development of the Industrial United States (1877-1914)

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Exploring Tragedy and Reform with Primary Sources

Posted by: Cheryl Lederle

On March 25, 1911, a fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, killing 146 men and women, many of them recent immigrants. It was later discovered that the workers faced many obstacles as they tried to flee the fire: Doors were locked by the factory's management and the fire escapes were inadequate. This catastrophe, which led to a public outcry, prompted updates to labor laws and reforms to fire and safety regulations.

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Informational Text: Child Labor Reform Panels and Multimedia in the Early 20th Century

Posted by: Stephen Wesson

Common Core State Standards and many other standards require that students compare informational texts in different media. However, multimedia texts aren’t limited to the 21st century. In fact, one of the most compelling multimedia campaigns in U.S. history was launched more than one hundred years ago, using paper, glue, and an effective set of persuasive techniques.