Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Paper


Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Assignment


In a well-argued, well-written 4-6 page essay, you must address the following questions about the Triangle Shirwaist Factory fire:

Investigate the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. Was it a terrible tragedy that was simply an accident or an easily anticipated outcome of labor relations of the Gilded Age? Who was at fault and who was held responsible? Was justice served ultimately?

Your paper is due Feb 13.

There will be a debate (worth 30 participation points) in-class! Prepare well!!!!

In writing your essay, you will use sources from the following on-line sources and Major Problems.

Resource Websites

 Cornell University’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory website

History Matters newspaper article:

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial by Doug Linder (2002)

A Sabbath Rose-A True Story of the “lone survivor” of the factory fire:

Photo Gallery of Factory Fire of 1911


You must use at least 5 primary sources and 2 secondary sources (secondary sources include the narrative parts of any website including the Cornell site).

Your essay must have an introduction that makes your argument about the fire. The paper then needs a context section that tells the reader a little about the industrial and social conditions in United States cities at the turn of the last century.  The essay then needs to move into a discussion of the evidence you found to prove your argument.

 The essay must be in 12-point font, Times New Roman, with one-inch margins.  You do NOT need a title page.  For different sections of the website, you should simply cite in the following manner.(1)  You must also have citations that use Chicago Manual of Style (linked on homepage). IF YOU USE a WEBSITE FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU MUST CITE IT ON a SEPARATE WORKS CITED PAGE!

You will be graded on the quality of your prose, the strength and accuracy of your thesis, the flow and organization of your paragraphs, your use of evidence and inclusion of at least 3 direct quotes from primary sources, and correct paper format. 




1. Cornell University, “Introduction,” The Triangle Factory Fire.  4 October 2004, (2 February 2011).