• Title: Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
  • Author: Albert Marrin
  • ISBN: 9780375868894
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Flesh and Blood So Cheap The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy On March the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames The factory was crowded The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside One hundred forty six people mostly wo
    On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames The factory was crowded The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside One hundred forty six people mostly women perished it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental momOn March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames The factory was crowded The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside One hundred forty six people mostly women perished it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America s defining tragedies.

    One Reply to “Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy”

    1. Marrin's book is for young adults, but anyone can benefit from the information it contains. One of my favorite parts of reading it was the carefully selected pictures that matched the sights being describe. Yes, it does contain a lot of the same facts and stories other books on the Triangle Fire have, but there is also information you may not know. Martin focuses his time outside of the main events on immigrant life and leisure. At the end of the book, he also looks into organized crime in the g [...]

    2. When I first heard about this book, I wondered how bad it was that I was skeptical about this story being written by a man. It's sexist of me, but I feel like this one is ours, you know?But I still think I approached it with a mostly open mind. How much is self-fulfilling prophecy? This is probably the driest version of the story I've ever read, and it felt like the author almost took pains at every step to remind the reader that a few of the victims were men. Pages and pages were spent on power [...]

    3. On March 25, 1911 a New York City clothing factory caught fire and 146 people, mostly women, died. Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Martin is full of information, not just about the Triangle Fire, but of its victims, unions and workplace reforms, immigration, politics, and other topics that help the reader truly understand the tragedy. I read this book on my computer through the Chicago Public Library ebook program. I recommend to anyone listening to this book [...]

    4. 1,100 garment factory workers died in Bangladesh recently when the company building collapsed. These workers made about $38 a month each to sew clothes for the Western world. They didn't want to come to work that tragic day because they'd seen the growing crack in the floor. But the contractor told them if they didn't come to work, they might lose their jobs. I'd been meaning to read Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin since it was honored as a National Book Award Finalist a few years ag [...]

    5. I didn't know this was a YA book until I borrowed the kindle version from my library. I'm glad I didn't know because I probably wouldn't have read it and that would have been my loss.The book is solid all around. The author provides the right amount of background history to set the stage, he tells the story very well and he does a very nice job describing the aftermath of the fire and its impact on the garment industry labor environment in the near and long term. There are lots of very useful ph [...]

    6. The events that led up to the tragic Triangle Fire and the aftermath is the story of poor immigrants, mostly southern Italians and Russian Jews who settled in crowded tenements in New York City and worked in the sweatshops and eventually the garment factories run by greedy bosses who had no regard for their workers. Sadly, history keeps repeating itself with the sweatshops around the world and the recent fire in the Bangladesh garment factory. I appreciated the research that went into this book- [...]

    7. Sad true tale of the garment industry in America turn of the century. Documents the horrible conditions women and children faced and sometimes died in. Discusses the Triangle Fire where factory locked doors, a common practice, claimed approximately 147 lives. No one was charged. Black and white photographs inside, some very candid. Visual treat for those interested in old firefighter pictures. A little morbid subject matter but informative. Quick read.

    8. Friday, March 25 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Fire, one of the worst industrial disasters in American history. Quite a few books for young people have been published on the topic, both historical fiction and non-fiction. The most recent, just released this spring by award-winning non-fiction writer Albert Marrin, brings the tragic events of that spring afternoon to life by setting the fire in a sweeping historical narrative that encompasses not only the events that led up to the fire [...]

    9. Can you imagine working a 14 hour day 6 days a week, well that's what happened in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The Triangle Fire happened in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a factory that made a kind of dress. It happened on March 25, 1911 at 4:40pm, about 5 minutes before the workers were supposed to leave work. 146 people died and 71 were injuried. Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin captures the story of this fire. This book goes back to talk about the people that worked in the f [...]

    10. While the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is in the subtitle, I found this much more far-reaching. It gave good explanations of the labor movement, formation of unions, workers' strikes, and what happened after the fire. My library has this in young adult, but I thought it could work for older kids (younger than teens) - it gives very clear explanations of what a strike is, what a sweatshop is, etc and doesn't exactly gloss over some of the tougher parts, but presents them in a hopeful way. Lik [...]

    11. Utterly unboring look at America's worst workplace disaster before 9/11. Well-written, dramatic, suspenseful, sad, great use of photos and quotationsis book makes history immediate and exciting. I'd recommend it not only to kids with even the slightest interest in immigration or voting rights, but also to adults who don't know much about the fire and its aftermath. Marrin ties together immigration history, the personal histories of some of the victims, portraits of strikers, politicians and weal [...]

    12. So far, very good. I always learn something new while reading Children's nonfiction. Last night I learned the origins of "beyond the pale."

    13. Excellent history that places the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 in the context of tenement life for new immigrants in early 20th century New York City and the rise of the labor movement.

    14. I grabbed this on a whim when I saw it at the library. I'm divided between giving it a 3 and a 4, but I am rounding up, mostly because of the final chapter and because of the attention paid to individuals and their contributions.This is a mid-grade book good for older elementary students or maybe middle school students. The book is well-organized and briefly describes the reasons behind waves of Russian Jews and Italian Catholics coming to New York in the late 19th and early 20th century but doe [...]

    15. Flesh & Blood So Cheap happened to be a random library find for me, and as such, exceeded all my expectations. Albert Marrin has put together a fantastic piece of historical non-fiction.The writing here is straightforward and easy to understand. The subject matter is less straightforward, and Marrin presents it wonderfully. Going back to the years leading up to the Triangle Fire, and detailing everything that made it possible, along with the backgrounds of the places and people involved, he [...]

    16. 14 February 2011 FLESH & BLOOD SO CHEAP: THE TRIANGLE FIRE AND ITS LEGACY by Albert Marrin, Knopf, February 2011, 192p ISBN: 978-0-375-86889-4"When you get caught Between the moon and New York City"-- Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, and Carole Bayer Sager, "Arthur's Theme" "Fire safety did not 'pay.' It did not pay the insurance industry, since safer buildings lowered insurance costs, reducing the earnings of insurance sellers, called brokers. They made their living by keeping a percentag [...]

    17. Digging through the "maybe" pile sometimes brings an unknown gem. In my case, that gem is Albert Marrin's Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy. My bookpile, larger than usual, has expanded due to the fact that we need to pick some new literature for the upcoming changes in curriculum. So, I have been forcing myself to read any recommendations, award winners, and well-reviewed fiction, non-fiction, and verse in the hopes of getting it right.The rough draft of what the new [...]

    18. Although I'm a fan of narrative non-fiction for adults (like Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal or Blink), I wasn't sure if today's children were. Other than an errant picture book biography here and there, I haven't seen many non-fiction titles targeted for pleasure reading, rather than a book that children use to write history reports and whatnot. I assumed that Flesh and Blood So Cheap wouldn't be suitable for classroom curriculum because it would focus on such a specifi [...]

    19. In March of 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York caught fire. Due to so many highly flammable materials in the factory, the flames quickly tore through the crowded upper floor sweatshop. Doors were locked to prevent workers from leaving early, fire exits were not functional, and 146 people—mostly immigrant women— in the crowded factory died. Because of this fire, laws and preventative measures have been put in place to keep our workplaces and public venues safer. For example, do [...]

    20. I read this one in two sittings, a week or two apart. Once you pick it up, it's an aborbing read as much for as its horrors as its way of making history come alive. But it's not exactly cheerful reading for a lunch break, so it sat around my living room for a while before getting picked up again.I'd argue that the story isn't as much about the Triangle Fire as it is about social conditions that led up to the fire and reforms attempted in the aftermath of the fire. The horrifying events of the fi [...]

    21. In Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin tells the story of the history leading up to the tragic Triangle fire of March 25, 1911, as well as the legacy it left behind. The story begins with the history behind the mass emigration of Russian Jews and Italians to New York City around the turn of the century. Fleeing their homelands with hopes and dreams of a better life, millions of immigrants boarded filthy, overcrowded ships heading to America. Upon arrival these immigrants were not met with we [...]

    22. Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin is about the Triangle Fire in New York City. The story takes place in the early 20th century. It is one the most shocking events in U.S history before 9/11. At the time, there was no Medicare, no safety laws regarding fire escapes, nothing like that. Back then, if you worked in the clothing industry and you died at work, it was "ok". In the clothing factories, workers dealt with arsenic and other poisonous materials. There were a lot of dangers at work [...]

    23. Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Al Marrin was an easy-to-read book chocked full of information about the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Factory Fire. I have been fascinated by the Triangle Factory fire since I read Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch several years ago. I think one of the reasons I find it so fascinating, and what I believe will also make it feel relevant to young adult readers, is that most of the women who worked in the factory were between 14 and 20 years old. These girls struggled thro [...]

    24. This book was actually more interesting than the adult book I read about this fire several years ago. Marrin not only relates the story of the Triangle Waist Factory fire of 1911, but also places it in the context of society at the time--of the Italian and Russian immigrants, of the garment industry, and of New York City politics. He discusses the rise of the labor unions and how this fire affected the garment industry unions in New York. Marrin introduced me to influential union ladies about wh [...]

    25. (from the Book on CD) I was impressed with the way Marrin built up to the incident of the Triangle Waist Company Fire in 1911 - by providing background about where the garment-workers came from and why they came to the United States, as well as the rise of the ILGWU, and the many strikes preceding the fire. The inspiring story of the Jewish & Italian communities, the young women who labored for their families, and the union's struggles and occasional successes is a relevant & timely less [...]

    26. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City occurred on March 25, 1911, and was the deadliest work disaster until the destruction of the Twin Towers in 2001. The details about that day are stunning: 146 workers died, most young immigrant women; many leaped to their death from ten floors up rather than being burned alive; no one man or business was ever charged with wrongdoing concerning the fire--indeed, the owners collected heavily on the insurance; on the day of the funeral, nearly 4 [...]

    27. A few years ago I read the very interesting biography of social reformer Jacob Riis. This book makes an excellent companion book to that one. In fact the title, "Flesh and Blood So Cheap" is a quote from Riss' book How the Other Half Lives.While the title of "Flesh and Blood So Cheap, The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy" leads one to believe the book is about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, the book reaches much further than that.This book chronicles the story of those working at the factory. Who wer [...]

    28. Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, one of the deadliest workplace fires in American history. 146 people, mainly women, were killed in the sweatshop fire, due to overcrowding, locked doors and poor safety planning. The fire is placed in historical context with lots of related background and information.Jewish (Russian) and Italian immigration background is examined, as are the poor working condition [...]

    29. "Oh God! That bread should be so dear, and flesh and blood so cheap."This well-researched and accessible book is an account of the horrendous fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, in 1911. 146 people (mostly women) died in the fire, which until 2001, had been the worst workplace fire in American history. It would have been easy for Marrin to simply chronicle the events of the fire itself, because they were certainly dramatic enough. But the true strength of this book lies in [...]

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