Next Friday, March 25th, is the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The deadly fire prompted the creation of new fire safety and building codes and galvanized the labor movement.
For a full list of events around the city and the nation related to the memory of the fire and the women who perished go to rememberthetrianglefire.org.
Firemen battling the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911. (Frederick Hugh Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs)
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This post was written by AHMC cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
A small, bright-red trial pass from the American Historical Manuscript Collection leads us to look back at a sensational 19th-century trial—that of Charles J. Guiteau, an unstable, itinerant bill collector and lawyer who assassinated President James A. Garfield just four months after his election.
For years Guiteau had bounced from job to job, city to city, exhibiting the warning signs of mental illness. After Garfield’s victory Guiteau seized...Read More
This post is by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), New England preacher and theologian, is perhaps most famous for the 1741 sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and for being a central figure in the religious revival known as the First Great Awakening. If you know him just from that sermon, you may get the idea that he was all fire-and-brimstone, all the time. Edwards was in fact a nuanced thinker with access...Read More
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