Reflecting on a Tragic 1911 Fire

Reflecting on a Tragic 1911 Fire

Reflecting on a Tragic 1911 Fire

Dartmouth Professor Annelise Orleck will discuss a tragic fire that occurred a century ago, in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Her talk, ‘100 Years Since Triangle: The Fire that Seared a Nation’s Conscience,’ is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series, and is free and open to the public.

A 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village, N.Y., killed 146 young workers. With exits locked, women leapt to their deaths while thousands watched. Half a million New Yorkers lined the funeral route and politicians vowed to change workplace safety laws. Orleck will talk about these events and their historical significance.

Orleck is Professor of History at Dartmouth College, where she teaches U.S. political history, women’s history and the history of race, ethnicity and immigration, as well as Jewish studies. The event is free, and is hosted by Mark Skinner Library.

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