The Triangle Fire By: Mikaylah Amezcua

Triangle Fire in action

About 100 years ago, on March 25, 1911, a cigarette or spark was left inside a wastebasket full of cloth. This one mistake killed 146 people. Certainly, laws changed, but what about the people in New York and elsewhere?

Many people knew that some individuals had low-income because they were immigrants. The immigrants have faced many struggles, such as terrible working conditions, working the longest hours, and not being paid enough to live. "The Triangle fire focused a spotlight on inhumane and dangerous conditions prevalent in sweatshops where immigrants worked unthinkably long days for unspeakably low wages," (osha.gov). There would be many marches that helped protect the rights of immigrants.

To add on, they even paid the men more than women who worked equally hard or harder. Women would assemble rebellions to show what women are made of and that they can't be pushed around. Yet, immigrants are still treated in these unfair conditions. People should be treated the same whether they have a different ethnicity, different place they were born in, different gender, different physical and mental abilities.

The Triangle Factory Fire had to open people's eyes to what poor working conditions could eventually lead to. The Bureau of Fire Prevention was founded on May 1, 1913. Through its history they have saved countless lives because they created more laws and enforcing fire safety codes to prevent tragedies like the Triangle Fire.

After the Triangle Fire, many things changed like the laws and how the way society acted. There were many marches for immigrants and women rights and thankfully they worked. Yet, America, as well as the whole world, is not perfect, but several people are working to get there.

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