Paired Texts > Shoe Factory Horror
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In "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire," Mike Kubic discusses one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history and the unsafe working conditions that caused it.Pair “Shoe Factory Horror” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to compare these two industrial disasters. How did both incidents impact the public’s perception of working conditions in America?
In the article "Californian Neglected its Duty," the El Paso Herald discusses the sinking of the Titanic and why there were so few survivors.Pair “Californian Neglected its Duty” with “Shoe Factory Horror” and ask students to discuss the costs of technology. How does the tragedy of the Titanic compare to the shoe factory explosion? How could these accidents have been avoided?
Carl Sandburg's poem "Halsted Street Car" (1916) is a critique of working conditions in Chicago. In it, Sandburg paints a powerful picture of the weary faces of the working class.Pair “Halsted Street” with “Shoe Factory Horror” to provide students with additional information regarding workers of the early 1900s. How do the depictions of workers compare in the two texts?
In this text, the author discusses the Great Upheaval, a mass protest, which mobilized workers to advocate for their rights and sparked the organized labor movement in America.Pair “Shoe Factory Horror” with “Organized Labor and The Great Upheaval” and ask students to think about how events like the explosion at THE R.B. Grober &Cc. shoe factory might have inspired the Great Upheaval. What happened during this tragic incident? Why were laborers dissatisfied with their working conditions and why were they advocating for change?
In this informational text, the impact that the Rana Plaza factory collapse has had on the garment industry is discussed.Pair “Shoe Factory Horror” with “4 Years After Rana Plaza Tragedy, What's Changed For Bangladeshi Garment Workers” to provide students with an example of a firsthand account of a tragedy similar to Rana Plaza. Ask students to discuss what similar causes led to the tragedies at R. B. Grover & Cc. and at Rana Plaza. Do students think retail companies based in the U.S. should have learned from tragedies like the shoe factory to prevent tragedies like Rana Plaza 100 years later? Should these companies be held responsible for ignoring practices they should know are dangerous?
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a famous twentieth century poet who often experimented with different genres. The Jungle, published in 1906, exposed the harsh conditions of the meatpacking industry in Chicago and other similar industrial cities. Public pressure during the aftermath of the book's publication led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act, which helps ensure that meat is packaged under sanitary conditions.Pair “Excerpt from 'The Jungle'” with “Shoe Factory Horror” and ask students to compare the two texts. What theory can you create about factory life at this time in American history? How do the details described by Upton Sinclair help you to better understand the possible causes of the shoe factory disaster?