Sewing shirtwaists nine hours a day, Monday through Saturday for seven dollars a week. There was more than five hundred of us on the ninth floor. Bosses told us we was lucky to have jobs at all, bunch of dumb Dagoes who couldn’t speak no English, and women to boot.
That Saturday afternoon, one of the foremen was careless with his cigarette. The doors was barred to keep us from slipping out for breaks, so there was no getting out except through the windows.
The bodies fluttered down. People said they sounded like wet towels when they hit the sidewalk.
In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in lower Manhattan caught fire and killed 146 immigrant workers. Click the picture for the story of this gruesome tragedy.