triangle fire essay_Essay - 2/17/08 Prof. Cowie LABOR...

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2/17/08 Prof. Cowie LABOR HISTORY (INTRO.) 55 th Hour The ensuing reforms of the Triangle incidentally stabilized New York business, but they undoubtedly created new attitudes about the labor problem. Unparalleled social change took place immediately following the notorious inferno. Given the reactionary Tammany Hall government before March 25, 1911 the social progress made by Frances Perkins, Bob Wagner and Al Smith following the fire yielded a labor framework that’s overall structure is still in tact today. This progress, though, did not come from the interest of Tammany Hall in improving working conditions for the betterment of the people of New York, but rather for Tammany’s unquenchable desire for political power. In New York, since the 1860’s Tweed reign, Tammany Hall had been the corrupt, political “democrats” that held power in the city by catering to the needs of the common person. If one had a problem ranging from a job search to a personal dispute, one could go to Tammany Hall and seek help. These petty issues, though, were not in the name of social progress, but rather in obtaining votes to bolster the strength of this prospering local government. “Tammany’s little kindness solved no social problems, but they help people through difficult times.” (Vohn Drehle, 23). These complaints from the common people, though, were inspired by the living conditions of the lower east side tenements and the horrible working environments in what could be considered sweatshops. The living conditions involved numerous people sleeping in closet sized rooms and one toilet for twenty people. Working hazards meant
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hundreds of people working in extremely close quarters with potentially only one exit. What was Tammany’s interest in these issues? Solving the city’s problems on a micro
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This essay was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course ILRCB 101 taught by Professor Applegater during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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