Today is the 99th anniversary of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which resulted in the deaths of 150 garment workers, but also had the effect of arousing public outrage and helping to galvanize the nascent labor and women's movements. [NewYorker]
I had classes in that building. It's owned by NYU now. FWIW NYU has a fantastic labor library (the Tamiment Collection).
And, you know, everytime some dipshit Teabagger/Glen Beck wannabe rags on the progressive movement, I want to shove this shit in their face. You don't fear for your life going to work because of social justice activists who didn't believe that "freedom of contract" was sacrosanct over people's lives.