The catastrophic fire of the Triangle Waist Company on 1911, changed the course of history, paved the way for government to represent working people, and helped an emerging American middle class to live the American Dream.
Triangle: Remembering the Fire transports the viewer a hundred years back in time, to a city teeming with newly arrived immigrants and expanding due to the influence of industrialization. Immigrants often worked long hours without breaks in unsafe working environments. Since child labor laws were not in place at the time, children also toiled for long hours in factories, often in unsafe working conditions. In 1911, the fire that broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killing 146 workers—mostly immigrant women and girls—changed the course of history, paving the way for government to represent working people, not just business, for the first time, and helped an emerging American middle class to live the American Dream.
The film explores the following themes, which were drawn from the NYC Scope and Sequence for High School Social Studies & English Language Arts: