Title: Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
Author: Albert Marrin
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Call Number/Link: J 974.7 MAR
Synopsis: 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.
I checked this out because my son has been studying the industrial revolution, child labor, the rise of unions, etc. I really enjoyed this book. It goes into detail about where the workers came from and the conditions in the countries that they left. It also describes Ellis Island and the problems immigrants faced once they reached New York. The book is full of facts but I didn’t find it dry. There were enough personal stories, pictures, and illustrations to make it interesting. Great reference for kids to learn about this era in history, also for history buffs and kids who like narrative non fiction.
Some youth historical fiction set in this era:
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson; Lyddie by Katherine Paterson; Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop