Guided reading questions, chapter 7:
1. Who is Meyer London? Where does he stand politically?
2. Did the strike result in improvements for the workers?
3. Who was affected by the "electoral ramifications" of the Triangle disaster? What role did the press/media play?
4. What is meant by"...Whitman straddled the question of blame?"
5. How did the press/media cover the fire?
6. Does London's dark prediction come true?
7. What is Murphy's "problem of the East Side?"
Guided reading questions, chapter 8:
1. Who is Frances Perkins?
2. Who is Wagner? Who is Smith? Why are they called the "Tammany twins?"
3. What was Smith's advice to Perkins?
4. How does the Triangle fire become the perfect vehicle to recast New York's Democratic party?
5. What was the agenda of the Factory Investigating Commission? How do Wagner and Smith take over the Commission?
6. List the new laws passed in the New York state legislature as a result of the work of Perkins (and others).
Guided reading questions, chapter 9:
1. What were the charges against Blanck and Harris?
2. Who is Max Steuer? What is his strategy at trial?
3. What kind of picture does Kate Alderman paint with her testimony in the trial? How does Steuer's line of questioning confuse her?
4. What was the final verdict for Blanck and Harris?
Guided reading questions, Epilogue:
1. How did Charles Murphy embrace progress? Give examples.
2. Who is Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor? Why is this important? What does it say about his agenda as president of the United States?
3. What happened to Blanck and Harris after their not guilty verdict? Did they learn their lesson after the Triangle fire?
4. Did the Triangle fire change New York? Did it change America? If so, why? If not, why not?