Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

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On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames.  The factory was crowded.  The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside.  One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time.  It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life.  It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet.  It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster.  And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.

With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America's defining tragedies.

About Albert Marrin

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Albert Marrin is the author of over two dozen award-winning nonfiction books for young people. He won the 2005 James Madison Book Award and the 2008 National Endowment for Humanities Medal. He lives in Riverdale, New York.
Published November 14, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books.

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a New York City workplace until the 9/11 attacks nearly a century later.

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Published to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the 1911 fire that erupted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, this powerful chronicle examines the circumstances surrounding the disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 146 workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish women.

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Albert Marrin educates the world in his Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy about the tragic New York event that changed American history and impacts us still today.

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