In October 1909, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, fought back against striking workers. Their tactics were often brutal.
On April 5, 1911, New Yorkers from all walks of life paid tribute to the unidentified victims of the Triangle fire: the deadliest workplace accident in the city's history.
Author Kristin Downey discusses Frances Perkins, a labor rights activist, close friend of FDR, and the first female secretary of labor.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the shirtwaist blouse was regarded as the model shirt for the independent, working woman.