What Role Did The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Play In Changing The American Workplace?

Final Project Research Kits 

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Final Project Research Kits 

In this course, you will use evidence from primary and secondary sources from your chosen historical event’s research kit to defend your thesis statement’s claims in your historical event paper due in Module Eight. This page contains the same primary and secondary sources found in your Soomo webtext and is intended to serve as a handy reference.

Historical Event 1: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 

Research question: What role did the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire play in changing the American workplace?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

The New York Times, March 26, 1911: 141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire

Douglas Linder, “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial,” SSRN Scholarly Paper (Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, 2007).

Excerpts from Trial Testimony in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Trial

Heather Pool, “The Politics of Mourning: The Triangle Fire and Political Belonging,” Polity 44, no. 2 (April 2012): 182–211.

Summations in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Trial

Preliminary Report of the New York Factory Investigating Commission, 1912

Historical Event 2: The Great Depression and the New Deal 

Research question: To what extent did New Deal legislation represent a change in American government?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

FDR’s Speech on Signing the Social Security Act (1:55)

Nancy E. Rose, “Work Relief in the 1930s and the Origins of the Social Security Act,” Social Service Review 63, no. 1 (1989): 63–91.

Transcript of the Social Security Act (1935)

Jill S. Quadagno, “Welfare Capitalism and the Social Security Act of 1935,” American Sociological Review 49, no. 5 (1984): 632–47.

Alf Landon Opposes the Social Security Act (1936)

Helvering v. Davis (1936)

Historical Event 3: Japanese Internment 

Research question: Was race the key factor in the government’s internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Executive Order 9066 (Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese Americans)

Robert Shaffer, “Opposition to Internment: Defending Japanese American Rights during World War II,” The Historian 61, no. 3 (1999): 597-619.

Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Stephen C. Fox, “General John DeWitt and the Proposed Internment of German and Italian Aliens during World War II,” Pacific Historical Review 57 (January 1, 1988): 407–438.

Oral History Interview with Tom C. Clark (pp. 57–70)

FDR Presidential Library Documents (selections)

Historical Event 4: Civil Rights Movement 

Research question: What caused the Civil Rights Movement to slow and splinter in the mid-to-late 1960s?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murphree, V. D. (2004). Black power: Public Relations and Social Change in the 1960s. American Journalism, 21(3), 13–32.

Robert C. Weaver, “The Negro as an American” (1963)

Leon F. Litwack, “‘Fight the Power!’ The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” The Journal of Southern History 75, no. 1 (2009): 3–28.

George C. Wallace, “The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and Hoax” (1964)

Malcolm X, “Untitled Speech” (1963)

Historical Event 5: Women’s Movement 

Research question: Did the women’s movement of the late 1960s and 1970s succeed in its goals?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Press Statement by Women’s Action Alliance

Anne Enke, “Smuggling Sex Through the Gates: Race, Sexuality, and the Politics of Space in Second Wave Feminism,” American Quarterly 55, no. 4 (2003): 635–67.

Redstockings Manifesto

Becky Thompson, “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism,” Feminist Studies 28, no. 2 (2002): 337–60.

Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women’s Movement

NOW Statement of Purpose (1966)

Historical Event 6: Stonewall Riots 

Research question: Were the Stonewall riots important in the context of the greater gay rights movement?

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture (Cases 1 and 2)

Simon Hall, “The American Gay Rights Movement and Patriotic Protest,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 19, no. 3 (2010): 536–62.

Stonewall Riot Police Reports, June 18, 1969

Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Suzanna M. Crage, “Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth,” American Sociological Review 71, no. 5 (October 1, 2006): 724–51.

Garance Franke-Ruta, “An Amazing 1969 Account of the Stonewall Uprising” (Dick Leitsch’s account at the end of the article) 

Interview with Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen 

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