Triangle the fire that changed america takes place during the triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911 reception the new york times calls it an enthralling chronicle publishers weekly states von drehles engrossing account which emphasizes the humanity of the victims and the theme of social justice brings one of the pivotal and most shocking episodes of american labor history to life. Saying that triangle the fire that changed america is a story about a factory fire in 1911 new york city would be like calling gone with the wind a book about the civil war id be telling the truth but i wouldnt be telling you what you need to know von drehles work is not just the story of the fire but also the story of dark crowded sweatshops its the story of the women who ended up . Triangle is a poignantly detailed account of the 1911 disaster that horrified the country and changed the course of twentieth century politics and labor relations on march 25 1911 as workers were getting ready to leave for the day a fire broke out in the triangle shirtwaist factory in new yorks greenwich village within minutes it spread to consume the buildings upper three stories firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside their ladders simply . Authored by daveid von drehle and published by grove press in the year 2004 triangle the fire that changed america offers a recount and reevaluation of one of the deadliest and most damaging fires in the history of new york occurring on the 25 th of march 1911 in the setting of its context drehle presents the triangle shirtwaist factory fire an avoidable disaster that probably came because of negligence
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