Professor Robert Griswold (History 1493–020)
The first paper is based on documents from what is called the “Triangle Factory Fire” of 1911, a tragedy that took the lives of 146 garment workers, mostly young Italian and Eastern European immigrant women. These documents are available from a website published by Cornell University and can be found at: http://trianglefire.ilr.cornell.edu/primary/trialRecords/index.html . At this site, you will find a number of primary sources, including newspaper and magazine articles, personal testimonials, letters, accounts of protests, and a lengthy trial transcript of the criminal trial against the factory owners. In addition, you will find a “Preliminary Report of the Factory Investigating Commission (1912) and a “Report to the Legislature of the State of New York.” Your Teaching Assistant will help you learn how to use this site. Any number of paper options will be available, and one of your goals will be to formulate a “do-able” topic based on the documents at hand. The paper, worth 100 points, will be roughly 1,000 words in length and is due in discussion section on March 2 or 3, depending on the day of your section.