Verdi’s Music Keeps Playing, In Opera Houses and Online

Surely one of the greatest honors for any artist is for his or her work to survive long after the artist’s death. Such is the case for the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Though yesterday (January 27) was the anniversary of his death in 1901, his operas continue to be heard and performed throughout the world.

Opera houses continue to stage productions of his work, and his work is even being performed in ways that take advantage of modern technology, ways Verdi could never have imagined. On January 7th of this year, the Royal Opera House of London broadcast a Royal Opera LIVE event online, in which viewers could watch ten hours of uninterrupted footage from backstage at the Royal Opera House. As part of this event, and to celebrate Verdi’s 200th birthday this year, the Opera House invited people from all over the world to submit video of themselves singing Verdi’s Va Pensiero from the opera Nabucco. Video submissionsGiuseppe_Verdi00 came in from all over the world, capturing people performing Verdi’s music in diverse places such as The Sydney Opera House, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and one woman’s kitchen while she prepares Christmas dinner. These performances were broadcast as part of the Royal Opera LIVE event, and can still be seen on Youtube and the website of the Royal Opera House. Furthermore, some of the best moments from the submissions will be incorporated into a new commissioned work by  British composer Elspeth Brooke inspired by Va Pensiero. The new composition will debut later this year.

This was just the first of many celebrations of Verdi planned for this year, the 200th anniversary of his birth on October 10, 1813. The Vienna State Opera, in Vienna, Austria, for example, will be staging a number of Verdi operas this year, including La Traviatta and Rigoletto. Verdi’s works will be performed around the world, in places as diverse as Munich, Helsinki, and Shanghai. These events not only pay tribute to Verdi, but show that opera continues to be a vital and important art form, even if it is not as popular as it once was. They also show that great art can transcend time and popular styles, resonating with people even centuries after the art was first created.

To learn more about Giuseppe Verdi, his life, and his contributions to the world of music, check out Giuseppe Verdi and Italian Opera by William Schoell (ISBN #978-159935-041-7) from your local library, or purchase it from Morgan Reynolds Publishing. Then check out our Classical Composers series, featuring biographies on Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Josh Barrer,

Associate Editor

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Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!

Today, nations around the world celebrate the progress women have made throughout history. According to InternationalWomensDay.com, “Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.”

Here at Morgan Reynolds, we recognize that women have played important roles in the development of our society, which is why several of our books are about some of the most influential women in history.

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In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins to be his secretary of labor.

Emily Keller, author of Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member, wrote, “As a young woman in college, Frances Perkins considered becoming an actress or a teacher. However, women’s reform movements of the 1920s fired her imagination.”

When she accepted her position as the secretary of labor, Perkins said, “The overwhelming argument and thought which made me do it in the end in spite of personal difficulties was the realization that the door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and that I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant to sit in the high seat.”

Keller wrote, “A woman has not yet been elected president of the United States, but that will likely change someday. When it does, she will owe her election, at least in part, to the hard work and dedication of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a president’s cabinet. ”

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Dr. Padma Venkatraman, author of Profiles in Mathematics: Women Mathematicians, wrote that women have also influenced the world of mathematics.

[M]any women–though not as well-known by history–aided in the development of mathematics….[They] were born at times when women were expected to get only a minimal education. Furthermore, even when their passion prevailed and they were able to attain the knowledge they sought, they were often unable to find careers in their chosen field, blocked by men and the prejudices of their time…. With time and determination they succeeded, creating works that influenced people’s thinking about mathematics and the universe; in doing so, they not only achieved their own goals, but helped to forge the modern world.

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There were even women in the sky at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wanda Langley, author  of Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators wrote, “Early planes were rickety, open-cockpit contraptions, and daredevils flocked to them in droves. Many of those groundbreaking pilots lost their lives to the sky, even at they inspired others to take to the air. Not a few of these brave aviators were women.”

Women have contributed to the development of many fields. Find out more by taking a look at Morgan Reynolds’s biographies of some of these influential women:

Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member  (ISBN 9781931798914)                                                     

Profiles in Mathematics: Women Mathematicians (ISBN 9781599350912)                                                                                      

Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators (ISBN 9781931798815)                                                                                             

Cleopatra: Ruler of Egypt (ISBN 9781599350356)                                                                                                                                       

Profiles in Mathematics: Sophie Germain (ISBN 9781599350622)                                                                                                               

New Elements: The Story of Marie Curie (ISBN 9781599350233)                                                                                                           

Profiles in Fashion: Vera Wang (ISBN 9781599351506)                                                                                                                         

Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor (ISBN 9781599351568)                                                                                                     

Profiles in Fashion: Kate Spade (ISBN 9781599351544)                                                                                                                                 

From China to America: The Story of Amy Tan (ISBN 9781599351384) 

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

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“We are the advance guard of a massive moral revolution for jobs and freedom.”-A. Philip Randolph


A section of lunch counter from the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's. Photo Courtesy of Mark Pellegrini.

“In 1960, four students of North Carolina A&T University staged a sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter. Despite fears of arrest, beatings, or worse, the four spent the day at the counter, quietly and politely. The next day, they came back, with more protesters. Soon, they inspired sit-in movements throughout the South,” wrote Dave Aretha in Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides, part of Morgan Reynolds’s Civil Rights Movement series.

Black history month begins tomorrow. During the month of February, we honor all of those individuals who fought for freedom during the civil rights movement, including the four A&T students who took a stand, or rather a seat, at a whites-only lunch counter.

Aretha wrote, “Dressed in their finest clothes, the four young men entered Woolworth’s, a downtown five-and-dime store in Greensboro, North Carolina. African Americans were allowed to purchase items at the store, but they were not allowed to sit at the lunch counter.”

That Woolworth’s has since been memorialized as part of the International Civil Rights Museum, located just a few blocks from Morgan Reynolds.

Calvin Craig Miller wrote in No Easy Answers: The Story of Bayard Rustin that nonviolent resistance was a popular form of protest during the civil rights movement.  Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, according to Miller, “believed that [nonviolent resistance] could also provide a model for achieving racial equality.”  Many involved in the movement agreed.

And so the Greensboro Four used nonviolent resistance to protest their lack of freedom to eat at a lunch counter.

Aretha wrote, “It was the nonviolent aspect of their protest that led to the extraordinary success of the sit-in movement…. The citizens of Greensboro proudly honor the accomplishments of these four men.”

Today, a statue honoring the Four stands in front of Dudley Building on A&T’s campus in Greensboro.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

Learn more about the civil rights movement by checking out our Civil Rights Movement series (ISBN 9781599350738) and our Civil Rights Leaders series (ISBN 9781931798990).

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“The long walk continues.”-Nelson Mandela

In South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Known throughout the world for orchestrating the fall of apartheid, the ANC is also celebrated for producing one of the most beloved and admired statesmen on earth: Nelson Mandela. Alex Perry of Time reported, “The central figure in ANC legend is Mandela, who reinvigorated the party in the 1940s and eventually led it to power in 1994.”

Mandela joined the ANC in 1943 and dedicated his life to its cause, to attain equal rights for South Africa’s oppressed black majority. He spent twenty-seven and a half years in prison—more than a third of his adult life—for conspiracy to overthrow the government of South Africa and its policies of white supremacy.

In 1994, four years after his release, Mandela was elected president of a democratic South Africa. Kem Sawyer, author of Champion of Freedom: Nelson Mandela, wrote, “It was a day to remember. The ANC, the party to which Mandela had dedicated most of his life, captured 62.6 of the vote. Mandela would become his country’s first black president.”

Mandela served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, but despite his best efforts, his administration was not able to lift millions of South Africans out of poverty or transform the racially divided country into a “rainbow nation.” Wrote Sawyer:

On March 29, 1999, Mandela gave his last speech to Parliament, saying “It is in the legislatures that the instruments have been fashioned to create a better life for all.” He paid tribute to all South Africans who had made him who he was—the villagers, the workers, the intelligentsia, the business people, and those who “cherished the vision of a better life for all people everywhere.” He ended with the words, “The long walk continues.”

Today, the ANC finds itself at a crossroads on that long walk. Richard Dowden of Spectator magazine wrote, “After the departure of the old guard led by Mandela, the ANC has a growing reputation for corruption as well as incompetence.”

Dowden continued:

Eighteen years after the ANC came to power South Africa has one of the highest levels of inequality in the world and the gap appears to be widening. 10 % of the population are still without clean water and 20 % without electricity. And who is paying the … bill for the ANC’s 100th party this week? The South African tax payers.

Whatever the future holds, Nelson Mandela remains the most iconic figure of the ANC and South Africa.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information on Mandela and the ANC, check out Kem Sawyer’s Champion of Freedom: Nelson Mandela, a Morgan Reynolds title. (ISBN9781599351674)


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MLK Memorial: Part 1

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech

Yesterday, the long-awaited Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was unveiled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The official dedication ceremony will be on August 28, but the statue is currently open to the public.

According to NPR, the memorial was initially suggested by King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, in 1984. Twenty-seven years later, the idea was made into a reality in the form of a thirty-foot-tall statue of King’s likeness. NPR reported, “The memorial is the first honoring an African American and the first honoring a person who did not serve as president.”

The Washington Post reported:

The sculpture, called “Stone of Hope” . . . refers to a line in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope,” King said. His statue is designed to look as if he were once a part of the “Mountain of Despair” but is now the “Stone of Hope.”

An artist's rendering of the "Stone of Hope"

August 28 marks the forty-eighth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when King made his “I Have a Dream” speech.

On the morning of August 28, 1963, the city of Washington seemed deserted, according to Calvin Craig Miller, author of No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement.

Miller wrote:

Numerous writers would describe the atmosphere as that of a besieged city, as though the country were at war. Yet the force that caused such anxiety was one that carried no weapons. Its leaders promised a peaceful march. . . Its speakers planned to ask for simple, basic rights for African Americans– a chance to cast their ballots in elections, to live and go to school in the same neighborhoods and schools as whites, to get job training, and to earn a minimum wage.

Within hours, however, Kerrily Sapet, author of Political Profiles: John Lewis, wrote, “An estimated 250,000 people, of all races, united in Washington to call for racial justice.”

“The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom would become the largest demonstration in American history.”

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

On that day in Washington, D.C., in front of hundreds of thousands of people, Martin Luther King told the crowd:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Sapet wrote, “[King’s] inspiring words captured the hope Americans wanted to feel. At the end of the day, they carried his message home with them, dreaming of a new nation where all people were treated fairly.”

It was his push toward change and his efforts in the Civil Rights Movement that inspired the memorial’s creation. Now, visitors to our nation’s capital can look at his statue and remember how far we have come and far we still have to go.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Martin Luther King Jr., the March on Washington, and the Civil Rights Movement, check out the following Morgan Reynolds titles and series:

Political Profiles: John Lewis by Kerrily Sapet (ISBN 9781599351308)

No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (ISBN 9781931798433)

The Civil Rights Movement Series (ISBN 9781599350738)

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“Come on and hear!”

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” sheet music

The fireworks flashed over the National Mall as the National Symphony Orchestra struck up the beginning chords of Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” during the July 4th concert in Washington, D.C. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the piece’s debut.

In Say it with Music: The Story of Irving Berlin (a Morgan Reynolds book), author Nancy Furstinger writes, “Berlin at first released the melody without lyrics, but it flopped when it debuted in a cabaret. Discouraged, Berlin stashed it in his trunk. He later pulled it back out and added lyrics because, as a newly elected Friars’ Club member, he was supposed to give a speech. Berlin decided to sing his speech, and the revised ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ was the result. It became a hit and soon it could be heard everywhere across America.”

Berlin once said, “I wrote it without words as a two-step and it was a dead failure. Six months later, I wrote words to it… When the lyrics were added later, it became alive. People sang it and it became a sensation. For music to live, it must be sung.”

Lyrics to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band

VERSE 1:
Oh, ma hon-ey, oh, ma hon-ey, bet-ter hur-ry and let’s me-an-der
Ain’t you go-in’? Ain’t you go-in’? To the lea-der-man, rag-ged me-ter man?
Oh, ma hon-ey, oh, ma hon-ey, Let me take you to Al-ex-an-der’s
Grand stand brass band, ain’t you com-in’ a-long?
CHORUS:
Come on and hear! Come on and hear! Al-ex-an-der’s rag-time band!
Come on and hear! Come on and hear! It’s the best band in the land!
They can play a bu-gle call like you nev-er heard be-fore
So nat-u-ral that you want to go to war
That’s just the best-est band what am, oh, ma hon-ey lamb
Come on a-long, come on a-long, let me take you by the hand
Up to the man, up to the man, who’s the lead-er of the band
And if you care to hear the Swa-nee Riv-er played in rag-time
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Al-ex-an-der’s Rag-Time Band.
VERSE 2:
Oh, ma hon-ey, oh, ma hon-ey, there’s a fid-dle with notes that scree-ches,
Like a chick-en, like a chick-en, and the clar-i-net is a col-ored pet
Come and list-en, come and list-en, to a class-i-cal band what’s pea-ches
Come now, some-how, bet-ter hur-ry a-long!
CHORUS:
Come on and hear! Come on and hear! Al-ex-an-der’s rag-time band!
Come on and hear! Come on and hear! It’s the best band in the land!
They can play a bu-gle call like you nev-er heard be-fore
So nat-u-ral that you want to go to war
That’s just the best-est band what am, oh, ma hon-ey lamb
Come on a-long, come on a-long, let me take you by the hand
Up to the man, up to the man, who’s the lead-er of the band
And if you care to hear the Swa-nee Riv-er played in rag-time
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Al-ex-an-der’s Rag-Time Band

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Irving Berlin, check out Say It with Music: The Story of  Irving Berlin by Nancy Furstinger (ISBN 9781931798129) 

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“You don’t have to ride Jim Crow!”- Bayard Rustin and George Houser

Freedom Riders gather outside of their burning bus in Anniston, Alabama. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Freedom Rides, a series of acts that openly defied segregation in the South.

As David Aretha, author of Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides, published by Morgan Reynolds, puts it, “The story of the Freedom Rides began when an African American woman refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded bus. And her name was not Rosa Parks.”

Aretha continues, “Irene Morgan was a twenty-seven-year-old mother of two who worked in a factory that made bombers for the military. That July, after traveling to Virginia, she returned to her home in Baltimore aboard a Greyhound bus. When the bus became crowded, the driver told her to stand so that a white person could take her seat. After Morgan refused the command, the driver summoned the police.”

Irene Morgan was arrested but her case, Morgan v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court—which ruled that segregated seating in interstate travel was unconstitutional.

According to Aretha, “This case caught the attention of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). . . . Believers in the teachings of Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau, they were committed to fighting racial injustice through nonviolent protest.”

In 1947, CORE staged the Journey of Reconciliation, what is often called the original Freedom Ride, to test the Supreme Court’s decision outside the courtroom and in the real world. CORE members “knew that Southerners had ignored the Morgan ruling, and they wanted to force the issue. If they were arrested, then attorneys and media could bring attention to the injustice.” Fourteen years later, that desire to attract the media would prove vital to turning the tides in Americans’ eyes regarding segregation and civil rights.

The Journey of Reconciliation was not entirely successful, in fact it led to the travelers’ arrests rather than justice, but it also paved the way for the Freedom Rides of 1961. “CORE wanted to put ‘the movement on wheels . . . to cut across state lines and establish the position that we were entitled to act any place in the country,” Aretha writes, “no matter where we hung our hat and called home, because it was our country.’”

And so they did. On May 4, 1961, thirteen Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C., headed for Alabama–the Deep South. When the buses stopped in Alabama, they were attacked by angry white mobs that included several members of the Ku Klux Klan. Several of the Riders were hospitalized and many were beaten to near death, but their suffering caught the attention of the nation at large.

“The Freedom Riders had paid a heavy price, but they finally received the national attention they had been seeking. . . images of the burning bus and bloodied riders appeared in newspapers and on television. . . . .To African Americans, the publicity that the Freedom Rides were creating was doing a world of good. This was revolutionary. After three hundred years of oppression, black Americans were shaping their destiny,” writes Aretha.

The more Freedom Rides took place, however, the less news coverage there was. Eventually, the media moved on.

But what the Freedom Riders did that summer changed the country permanently. Aretha writes, “Though these Freedom Riders no longer commanded the national spotlight, their persistence and large numbers had a cumulative effect… their ‘capacity to suffer’ wore down the opposition. Some whites in the South were tired of fighting these battles. And as the Freedom Rides continued, Americans of all races and creeds railed against southern segregation.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides (ISBN 978-1-59935-098-1) is part of the award -winning series, The Civil Rights Movement (ISBN 978-1-59935-073-8) , published by Morgan Reynolds Publishing. The series also includes:

Marching in Birmingham                                                                                                       ISBN 978-1-59935-055-4

Selma and the Voting Rights Act                                                                                        ISBN 978-1-59935-056-1

The Murder of Emmett Till                                                                                                     ISBN 978-1-59935-057-8

The Trial of the Scottsboro Boys                                                                                         ISBN 978-1-59935-058-5

Freedom Summer                                                                                                                      ISBN 978-1-59935-059-2

Montgomery Bus Boycott                                                                                                      ISBN 978-1-59935-020-2

Black Power                                                                                                                                 ISBN 978-1-59935-164-3

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.” – Ulysses S. Grant

The attack on Fort Sumter

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. That’s the day Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, triggering the start of a four-year-long war between a country split in two.”No one was ready for a war,” Carla Joinson, author of Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker, writes. “Neither side expected the magnitude of the war that was about to begin.”

Details of what happened on that fateful day are chronicled in Morgan Reynolds’s The Firing on Fort Sumter: A Splintered Nation Goes to War, by author Nancy Colbert. Colbert writes: Major Robert Anderson was in command of the Union militia stationed at Fort Moultrie, nearby Sumter, in 1860. In the past, the army and the locals had been friendly. But Lincoln’s election caused a major rift in this relationship. Charlestonians were outraged, and Anderson knew his soldiers were not safe from their anger. They needed a sturdier fort, and Anderson looked to Sumter for protection of his troops. But he knew re-locating to Sumter would inevitably anger the locals even more.

Colbert further explains in The Firing on Fort Sumter that Anderson was told by Washington not to fan the flame with the people of Charleston, only to act when confronted with hostility. However, “It became clear to Anderson that his superiors in Washington were as confused as to what was the proper course of action as he was.”

In December of 1860, Anderson moved his garrison to Sumter. “Anderson’s move, which was meant to protect the peace, served as a rallying cry for war in the North. In the South the move was called even worse. The Charleston Courier shouted: ‘Maj. Robert Anderson, U.S.A., has achieved the unenviable distinction of opening civil war.’”

Early in the morning of April 12, 1861, Colbert writes,

The sky became like a night of holiday fireworks. People in Charleston trooped up to the rooftops and along the waterfront to watch the show. The rumbling, deadening roar of the Confederate artillery filled the air. But Fort Sumter lay silent. No guns fired. The Confederates wondered if Anderson had decided to quite without a fight. When dawn came, though, the American flag was still flying proudly over the fort.

Thus the American Civil War began. And as Joinson writes, no one expected the four year long saga it would become. “Expecting a short war, few bothered to put the infrastructure in place that would move supplies efficiently, take men where they needed to go, and look to their needs after a battle.”

In the end, both the North and the South were burnt out from war and loss. After General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, General Robert Anderson returned to Sumter exactly four years after those first shots were fired to reclaim the fort, ceremoniously signifying the end of the war. As the United States flag was fastened to the pole, Anderson said, “After four long, long years of bloody war, I restore to its proper place this dear flag which floated here during peace, before the first act of this cruel Rebellion. I thank God that I have lived to see this day and to be here to perform this . . . duty to my country. I thank God who so singly blessed us.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

*For more information on the Civil War, check out Morgan Reynolds titles:

Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker by Carla Joinson

(ISBN: 978-1-59935-028-8)

The Firing on Fort Sumter: A Splintered Nation Goes to War by Nancy Colbert

(ISBN: 978-1-883846-51-0)

Ulysses S. Grant: Defender of the Union by Earle Rice Jr.

(ISBN: 978-1-931798-48-8)

Robert E. Lee: First Soldier of the Confederacy by Earle Rice Jr.

(ISBN: 978-1-931798-47-1)

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“The floods of water from the firemen’s hose that ran into the gutter were actually stained red with blood.” -William Shepherd on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

One hundred years ago today, tragedy struck the New York City garment district when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire and blazed to ash and rubble, causing the deaths of 149 factory workers, most of whom were young female immigrants.

As the building went up in flames, the workers fought to find ways out, but the door to one exit was locked, the elevator was jammed, and people became frantic. Instead of being overcome by the fire, the girls (and some men) chose to jump from the eighth, ninth, and tenth stories.

Benjamin Levy, a junior exec. from a manufacturer down the street, witnessed the chaos:

Bodies were falling all around us, and two or three of the men with me were knocked down. The girls just leaped wildly out of the windows and turned over and over before reaching the sidewalk.

Just one year before, these same women who were jumping to their deaths had gone on strike for cleaner and safer work conditions, and according to William Shepherd, that fateful day, “These dead bodies were the answer.”

According The New York Times, “The fire accomplished what the strike could not. From the city’s grief sprang  government investigations and transformative legislation, first in New York State and then the nation.”

However, the argument has been made that wretched working conditions have not disappeared, but rather have been outsourced to third world countries where labor is cheap and the rights of workers are low priority.

According to The World, Robert Ross of Clark University says, “Effectively what we have done is exported our sweatshops and exported our factory fires. And it’s as if the 1911 conditions had been lifted up by an evil hand and dropped into Bangladesh.”

What do you think? What could or should be done to remedy the situation abroad?

Note: Until last month, the identities of six individuals who perished in the fire were unknown. The New York Times tells the story of how, 100 years later, the five Jane Does and one John Doe came to be identified.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

*Quotes that are not sited in this post are from Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in the American Workers series  by Morgan Reynolds, which received a Starred Review from School Library Journal and was a recommended Feminist Book by the Amelia Bloomer Project

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