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Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Summary: This is an essay about a book called "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America" by David Von Drehle.
On the afternoon of March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the 10-floor Asch Building, a block east of Manhattan's Washington Square. This is where 500 mostly young immigrant girls were producing shirts for the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Within minutes, it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders weren't tall enough. Exits were locked, and the narrow fire escapes were inadequate. Panicked, many jumped from the windows to their deaths. People on the street watched in horror. The flames were under control in less than a half hour, but 146 people perished, 123 of them women. It was the worst disaster in the city's history.

Von Drehle's wide-angle approach allows him to portray the social, economic and political dynamics of pre-World War I New York. The story of the fire only begins to emerge halfway through his book...

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