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Obama takes time to honor 100th anniv of "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory" fire
The White House ^ | 3/24/11 | The White House

Posted on 03/24/2011 3:31:50 PM PDT by Nachum

Presidential Proclamation--100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Flames spread quickly through the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors -- overcrowded, littered with cloth scraps, and containing few buckets of water to douse the flames -- giving the factory workers there little time to escape. When the panicked workers tried to flee, they encountered locked doors and broken fire escapes, and were trapped by long tables and bulky machines. As bystanders watched in horror, young workers began jumping out of the windows to escape the inferno, falling helplessly to their deaths on the street below.

By the time the fire was extinguished, nearly 150 individuals had perished in an avoidable tragedy. The exploited workers killed that day were mostly young women, recent immigrants of Jewish and Italian descent. The catastrophe sent shockwaves through New York City and the immigrant communities of Manhattan's Lower East Side, where families struggled to recognize the charred remains of their loved ones in makeshift morgues. The last victims were officially identified just this year.

A century later, we reflect not only on the tragic loss of these young lives, but also on the movement they inspired. The Triangle factory fire was a galvanizing moment, calling American leaders to reexamine their approach to workplace conditions and the purpose of unions. The fire awakened the conscience of our Nation, inspiring sweeping improvements to safety regulations both in New York and across the United States. The tragedy strengthened the potency of organized labor, which gave voice to previously powerless workers. A witness to the fire,

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Still waiting for his address on Libya...
1 posted on 03/24/2011 3:31:56 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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2 posted on 03/24/2011 3:32:37 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Never heard of it.
Obviously it is a big UNION moment to attempt to connect to modern times.

Well now the circle is complete. Unions are burning down the nation.


3 posted on 03/24/2011 3:34:06 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Nachum

Let’s hold hands and sing “I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night” and get ready for May Day celebrations.


4 posted on 03/24/2011 3:34:32 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Money...can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them." - Rand)
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To: Nachum

This is the only thing that my 16 year old granddaughter knew about Unions...until her dad and grandma set her straight.


5 posted on 03/24/2011 3:34:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum

Brought to you by the same people who told you to “get over” 9/11....


6 posted on 03/24/2011 3:36:21 PM PDT by Crim
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To: Nachum

This is what they are teaching in our public schools about Unions...and really nothing more.


7 posted on 03/24/2011 3:36:41 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Never heard of it.
Good info at the Cornell Univ website. A true American tragedy.
8 posted on 03/24/2011 3:37:56 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Nachum

His pants are what should be on fire soon.

“Marines headed to Libya”

http://www.wcti12.com/news/27257042/detail.html


9 posted on 03/24/2011 3:38:22 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Nachum

I heard that several exits were closed because the workers were stealing from the company. The company only had one exit open and were checking employees before they left. I would not put it past some early union goon from “accidently” setting a fire.


10 posted on 03/24/2011 3:39:28 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: Nachum

11 posted on 03/24/2011 3:39:28 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: Crim

bttt


12 posted on 03/24/2011 3:41:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Shirtwaist was THE big event which escalated Union power way back when.

The public was snookered into thinking that if one private company was evil they all were.

The fact that I've seen Shirtwaist multiple times in the news lately tells me that Unions are flailing around for something that will give them a lifeline.

13 posted on 03/24/2011 3:43:13 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Nachum

I’ve always wondered how that damn fire started.


14 posted on 03/24/2011 3:44:45 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Nachum

Regulation by local jurisdictions did nearly every good thing that is attributed to unions in this country. Child labor banned.....by law. Maximum working hours....law. Disability for workers......law. Worker safety regulations, state mandates.


15 posted on 03/24/2011 3:45:59 PM PDT by runninglips (the world is on fire, and we are draining the reservoirs before it gets out of control)
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To: Nachum
Sigh. Here we go yet again with that tired old story (and that's largely what it is, much of it fabricated) of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Let's see what else. The settlers killed all of the good peace-loving Indians. White-on-black crime is a hugh [sic] problem along with marauding gangs of Tea Partiers wreaking havoc.

What's not publicized is how, from the very outset, the labor union movement was an outgrowth of the Comintern. Also swept under the rug is the history of violence and mayhem spawned by union goons.

And today, entire cities and regions are mere shells of what they once were due to unionism. The woes of Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are all rooted in the anti-capitalism, anti-profit motives of unionism.

16 posted on 03/24/2011 3:46:08 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Nachum

This counts toward his laser-like focus on jobs, right?


17 posted on 03/24/2011 3:49:14 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: Nachum

“Obtuse Pantywaist Malefactor” liar...

takes time to honor 100th anniv of...

“Triangle Shirtwaist Factory” fire.


18 posted on 03/24/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT by moovova (Obama...a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday...)
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To: Nachum
I guess I shouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to recognize the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the 1911 tomorrow, huh?

Thanks, John Moses Browning, for 100 years of firearms excellence!

19 posted on 03/24/2011 3:56:54 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: Nachum

What a fruit.


20 posted on 03/24/2011 3:57:17 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: americanophile

clever - but a real Obama scorecard would include about 35 more strokes.


21 posted on 03/24/2011 3:58:35 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: ghost of nixon

(over)


22 posted on 03/24/2011 3:59:34 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: Nachum

A great tragedy, not akin to the attack on Pearl Harbor, but a tragedy nonetheless. That’s why teachers in Oskosh need 90 days of paid sick leave per school year (180 days). Just look for the union label.


23 posted on 03/24/2011 4:02:13 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Nachum

Triangle Shirtwaist is one of Labor’s stations of the cross.


24 posted on 03/24/2011 4:05:31 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Nachum

Yes, this originated with a story by EMac on Fox, right ? The “powers that be” in the “big business” community need to start realizing that unionism is obsolete.

This shirtwaist story was a horrible incident of a bygone era that is analagous to talking about the dangers of flying in 1910.

There still are idiotic business owners who are penny wise and pound foolish, but today workers have much more ability to find a new job, and the effort should be on simply telling people that: if your job is so terrible, find something else and quit.


25 posted on 03/24/2011 4:06:24 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Triangle Shirtwaist is one of Labor’s stations of the cross.


26 posted on 03/24/2011 4:24:09 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Obviously it is a big UNION moment to attempt to connect to modern times.

Yup! This is the THREAD WINNER!

27 posted on 03/24/2011 5:23:58 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Nachum
I heard Hillary give us an update on my drive home today.

All I could think was Where's Obamah?

28 posted on 03/24/2011 5:50:31 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Names Ash Housewares

The Triangle Shirtwaste fire is a mandatory case study for anyone in fire prevention or occupational safety...as well as the MGM Grand and Coconut Grove fires.


29 posted on 03/24/2011 6:49:23 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: oh8eleven

Thanks!


30 posted on 03/24/2011 6:50:25 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: neocon1984
Yup! This is the THREAD WINNER!

Said the moron.

31 posted on 03/24/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire


32 posted on 03/24/2011 7:47:26 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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