“Flesh &Blood So Cheap” is a book by Albert Marrin that explains real events happening in America around the 80’s and the 90’s. In an accident, a serious fire happened in New York that led to new laws changing the whole country.
The book mainly talks about a fire tragic that happened in 1911, it’s a disaster that changed the whole country. Uncovering the unequal social climate and unfair working conditions that led to the death of 146 people. At that time, there is no such thing as a safety net that can insure you from work safety.
One theme of this book is fighting “Injustice.” After the “Triangle Fire” accident has happened, over twenty million immigrants arrived in the United States from Europe. “By 1800’s Malaria, a disease that has become epidemic throughout the whole Europe. Which then made a lot of people fled back to US. Also because of natural disasters, crop failures, poverty, prosecution or just a want for a better life. After about in the twentieth century, industrialization has made the United States a world power.However, life for most Americans during this time was a harsh struggle for existence. People was commonly injured or even will be killed on the job, and there were no law safety to protect them.
For example, at the first part of the book, “Huddled Masses” it said that Frances Perkins personally witnessed the “Triangle Fire” and was so shaken by what she had seen that she then devoted rest of her life such a horror would not happen again.
“The sight of people jumping from windows affected her so deeply that she vowed such a horror could not, must not, be allowed to happen again.”
I think that we should read this book because of how it lets us explore the 80’s through the 90’s and what people has been through. Also because how the story told us about the “Triangle Fire” that affected lot’s of peoples regular lives. I was inspired by how Frances Perkins put her life into how she said that the horror would not happened again. Later on in the story, it is said that :” The fire led to reforms, and many new laws have been enacted since then to better protect the safety and health of workers.”
In this unit I learned how sometimes a person got so affected that she or he decides to put all their life into doing this to not let this kind of problem happen again. Also, I learned how sometimes you need to search online for more information and not just find it in the book. Sometimes internet will help you more for you to dig deeper into your topic.