"Business should never be interfered with" or "America promised me a better life"? Topic: Worker v. Owner Conflict in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Studying the Industrial Revolution led us to study worker v. owner conflict at the turn of the 20th century.  We used the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire as a case study and watched the PBS documentary: Triangle Fire.

Questions 10-13 of the accompanying viewing guide asked students to identify beliefs and thoughts, and how both owners and workers reacted when they believed the thoughts.  See picture.

Students answered differently from each other, which is really neat.

Learning about history by studying and examining how thought led to decisions and actions (of all kinds) is REALLY exciting.  Teenagers can make these connections through case studies like the Triangle Fire.  Initially, I experience learning about history like this contributes to an open-minded atmosphere, and I know it’s just a pin prick of what’s possible.

Here’s a link to the PBS documentary Triangle Fire: