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University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Labor and Employment Law

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial, Douglas O. Linder Jan 2007

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial, Douglas O. Linder

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It was a warm spring Saturday in New York City, March 25, 1911. On the top three floors of the ten-story Asch Building just off of Washington Square, employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory began putting away their work as the 4:45 p.m. quitting time approached. Most of the several hundred Triangle Shirtwaist employees were teenage girls. Most were recent immigrants. Many spoke only a little English. Just then somebody on the eighth floor shouted, Fire! Flames leapt from discarded rags between the first and second rows of cutting tables in the hundred-foot-by-hundred-foot floor. Triangle employee William Bernstein grabbed pails …