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some of the girls streamed up of flame as they leaped. Thud after thud sounded on the pavements. It is the ghastly fact that on both the Greene street and the Washington place sides of the building there grew mounds of the dead and dying. And the worst horror of all was that in this heap of the dead now and then stirred a limb or sounded a moan.14The gruesome details the reporter gave in his article suggest that he wasintending to give the reader a very sickly image. In modern times such anemotional and horrid account would not be given but instead a veryindifferent article of the basic details. This article actually sounds like it wasintended to sicken people rather than make people aware of the stunningtragedy of it all. After the fire, 120,000 people attended the funeral for

the unclaimeddead. 15 This was the start of the public s role in the labor reforms. Directlyafter the fire a group of women progressives led by Florence Kelley andFrances Perkins of the National Consumers League joined with TammanyHal leaders Al smith, Robert Wagner, and Big Tim Sullivan to create a NewYork State Factory Investigation Committee.16 This committee eventuallyled to a series of state laws that improved safety conditions and limited theamount of hours a child could work. One of the major problems with the factory jobs was that workers hadno control over anything. They were so easily replaceable that the foremenor owners had total control to do whatever they wanted. If they wanted tolower their wages, he did. What could the workers do? If they complainedthey would be

fired. In Rose Pastor Stokes account of her life as part of theworking class, she said, The stogie-rollers were getting fourteen cents a hundred. Now it would be thirteen. We took the cut in silence. We were for most part poor little child slaves, timid and unorganized. The thought of union never occurred to us. There was no strength in us or behind us. It was each on by his lone self. 17 This was the general attitude of the workers. If the owner wanted them towork an extra couple hours, they had to. They could not say no or theywould lose their jobs. But strikes were becoming more and more common atthis time period. Indeed strikes were a common trend in the country at thistime. The combined effects of the strikes and the labor reforms led toimproved conditions in the work place.

The battle for improved conditions in the industries was one of thosemost necessary fights in politics. Children were being taken advantage of insweatshops. There were no safety precautions in the factories. Peopleconstantly were injured from machines and sickened by the lack of heat orventilation, dirty water, and long hours. The Triangle Shirtwaist Companyfire killed a lot of people, but that is what it took for labor reforms to comeabout. That fire inspired people to help reconstruct the industries andimprove the working conditions. It also gave the workers some new hope forbetter wages and better all around treatment. These changes would havenever came about unless these tragedies occurred. So although they werehorrible events and many people died and suffered, the effect

lived on inevery worker in the new reformed industries.