Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
Friday, March 25, 2011
In March of 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caught fire on a late Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of workers were trapped on the upper floors, crammed onto a fire escape or piled out on the roof waiting for the horse drawn fire engines to arrive. All in all, one hundred and forty six people fell or jumped to their death or died in the fire. As we investigate charges of bias in public radio, we thought it might be useful to consider an earlier era when, according to David Von Drehle, author of "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America," politics and prejudice were an overt influence on the news.