Term Paper Resource Guide to Twentieth-Century United States History

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. ‘‘What You Should Know About the NAACP.’’ NAACP Online. September 1997. http://www.naacp.org/about/factsheet.html A fact sheet that provides an excellent overview of the NAACP and its development. Most interesting is the six-page history by Mary White Ovington as printed in 1914.
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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911)
One major Progressive aim was to reform conditions for working women. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a garment sweatshop in New York City. No fire escapes existed, and the doors of this upper-floor factory had been closed from the outside to keep employees from taking work breaks. As a result, 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women, perished from the fire itself or from jumping from windows. Following this tragedy, New York and other states enacted stricter codes for worker safety.
Suggestions for Term Papers
1. Were working conditions and wages in the Triangle Factory typical of other factories of the time?
2. Were labor unions responsive to the problems of working women at this time?
3. What employment opportunities did working women have in the early twentieth century?
4. Discuss public reaction to the fire.
5. To what extent did working conditions improve for women during the Progressive era?

Suggested Sources: See entries 7 and 13 for related items.

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