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    Triangle Fire

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    The fiend fire could not be stopped. The doors that would free the six-hundred workers were locked shut, imprisoning the young girls in a man-made flaming hell. The manager attempted to use the fire hose to extinguish it, but the hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. Running from the incinerator, many stuffed themselves into the two freight elevators, operated by Gaspar Mortillaro and Joseph Zito who both returned to the inferno over and over, saving a hundred and fifty people. Still, many could not fit on the elevator, and thus, they tried to slide down the cable or jump down the shaft, meeting their deaths. Ergo, the elevators stopped functioning quickly, weighed down by dozens of bodies and unable to rise. Those who managed to get…

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    Sweatshops Essay

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    children work long hours in factories for nothing being taught to the children and small pay. After the long 15 hour workdays, some workers will have to bring some of their own work from the factory…

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    demands of the workers. The act was enacted to respond to the economic fears, particularly in the West Coast, where the Native American was raising issues of declining wages and unemployment due to the Chinese immigrants. According to the source, “For the first time, Federal law proscribed entry of an ethnic working group on the premise that it endangered the good order of certain localities” (Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), (n.d.) Retrieved September 26, 2016). The Chinese immigrants in America…

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    The Triangle Fire

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    mainly happened because of the poor working conditions for example there was no exit signs and the fire escape was very narrow so it would have taking all the worker a very long time to get down The book Triangle The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle talks about a shirtwaist factory fire that happened in 1911 in New York. Several workers died during the fire, most of the people were Jewish immigrants and…

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    2012 a fire stormed the factory of Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka, Bangladesh where more than 100 workers perished (Bajaj, 2012). The blaze initiated on Saturday at 7 pm and took all night for firefighters to extinguish. A large majority of the plants manufacturing was made for Wal-Mart, as well as other American and European brands. Due to the notably poor fire safety precautions and the fact that the plants managers blocked off some of the stair cases preventing anyone to leave, as a result people…

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    Just four months previously, a fire in a Newark factory claimed 25 lives, many of which were caused by workers jumping to their deaths to escape the flames. In fact, fires were extremely common in large factories, and a fire could even be a good business move for a factory owner, if there was extra stock and insurance money to be collected. The Asch building itself had had four small fires leading up to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. However, fire safety was definitely not a priority in the eyes…

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    Misery Lane By Von Drehle

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    I wouldn’t consider myself to be as radical in thought as she was considered at that time, but if I lived in her time, I may very well have been as well. I can identify with her in that if I were a woman, I would want to have the same opportunities and equal pay as men. That’s still something that our society is struggling with today, and we’ve made significant progress since Clara’s time, but we still have work to do as well. I think her advocacy for unions as the best way to address problems…

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    Political Party Activism

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    While individuals from in each political party hold polarizing opinions, the most polarizing individuals in each party would be party activists. What is a party activist? In a Political Behavior article, Edward Carmine and James Woods write, “political activists are a heterogenous group and include delegates to the nominating conventions, those citizens heavily involved in campaign activities, major financial contributors to political parties,” (364). Activism is action taken for a cause that…

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    Strict Voter ID laws Strict voter ID laws are on certain states. This law affects certain states for voters to have proof of citizenship in order to vote, while other states are not that strict. With the Strict Voter ID laws the votes are at stake because the laws may reduce votes by not allowing those with the correct proof of ID to vote. The purpose of establishing these rules is to make sure that voters have the correct proof of citizenship and identification in order to vote, so that…

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    certain issues, even minor ones, as they will have increased exposure. Voters can have sufficient time to contemplate shifting their support instead of the election date suddenly appearing out of nowhere and randomly voting without researching how the individual parties have gradually changed. Similar to students, it is more beneficial if voters are given the time to prepared over a period for an exam instead of cramming. Throughout these displays of character, it naturally portrays multiple…

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