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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, by Albert Marrin

9414509Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
Albert Marrin
2011 Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN – 9780375868894
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – High School
3.9 Stars

On March 25th, 1911 tragedy struck in a New York City Sweatshop. Fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in which workers employed by the Triangle Waist Company were finishing up their day. One hundred and forty six workers died within a matter of minutes. This book explores issues of immigration in America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as labor issues in the workforce in the same time period.

This book does a very good job of talking not only about a specific event, but it puts it into context by describing the social, economical, and political aspects that fueled the specific event. It is able to delve fairly deeply into the issues of immigration and labor rights without becoming boring or longwinded. It is able to put our current situation into perspective, and it gave me great insight and appreciation for our current situation. I am really beginning to enjoy reading young adult nonfiction. I love the way that they so often make history an interesting story instead of a droning list of facts. This book is no exception to that trend.

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One thought on “Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, by Albert Marrin

  1. This sounds like a great book about such a devastating (but often overlooked) event. Timely review, too, because Alice Hoffman’s new book features the Triangle Factory Fire. It’s coming out next week, I think. YA nonfiction has really been improving in the past decade or so. I think writers are taking that age group seriously and trying to show that compelling stories happened rather than just throwing around random facts and trivia. Tragedies appear to be especially interesting…

    (My review of The Museum of Extraordinary Things is here: http://bookshelfpiratereviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/review-of-the-museum-of-extraordinary-things-by-alice-hoffman-coming-in-february-2014/ )

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