Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre - Low Residency Creative Writing concentration;


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

M.O. Walsh

Second Advisor

Frederick Barton

Third Advisor

Randolph Bates



In the Lower East Side of New York City from 1909 through 1911 a fight for change was taking place. Jewish immigrant girls put their safety on the line and brought attention to the abuse taking place in factories across the country. They first spoke out and led the Ladies' Garment Worker strike bringing attention to their cause. But it was ultimately their untimely deaths in one of the most tragic workplace disasters ever in history that finally spurred the country to action in passing new fire safety and child labor laws.

Historical Fiction, Immigration Story, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Ladies Garment Worker Strike, 1909


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