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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
and the development of workplace safety standards.

a. Read
about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on pages 609 – 611 of your textbook.

b. What
happened on March 25, 1911? Give details.

c. How
many died? Why and how did they die?

d. Who
was help responsible? Anyone?

e. Do you
think an argument can be made that “progress” was accomplished by exploiting
the lower class? Explain.

f. Do you
think this still happens today? If so, how? Why?

g. In
your own words, define progress -social, economic, and political progress.

h. A
“living wage” is a current, hot topic. In your opinion, what is a
living wage? What does that look like?

i. How
does the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire continue to impact our lives today, every
day? How do the legislations, passed after the tragedy, still affect your
everyday life?

As of January, 2019, the average cost of rent
for OKC is $906/month. Rent is generally 1/4 of your monthly take-home pay. So,
you would need to make $3,624/month (if paying all bills by yourself) in order
to afford the cost of living, i.e. food, clothing, shelter, etc. If you work 40
hours per week, that means you need to make $22.65/hr to meet your basic
financial needs. Based on this calculation, do most people make a living wage?