Prompt: “Write about a song you like and why?” My whole life revolves around music; everyday I’m going to either choir or orchestra. While I’m driving I’m singing along with the radio. Narrowing down all of the songs in my repertoire is a difficult task. After thinking about this question for a good half an hour I came to a conclusion. Liking a song doesn’t mean it has to be on the radio or on the track list of a pop star’s album; which is why a song I like is “Fiddles on Fire” by Mark Williams. This song is an iconic orchestra piece for Middle school or slightly advanced Elementary school orchestras. Its melody will infect your brain to the point of insanity. Ask any orchestra conductor their thoughts on “Fiddles on Fire”, and their face will immediately scrunch up in agony.
On March 25, 1911, 123 women and 23 men, died as a result of a fire in a factory they worked in. That day was marked as the deadliest industrial disaster in Manhattan history. In the wake of such a terrible tragedy came the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). The ILGWU fought for better working conditions for all sweatshop workers. However, the union wouldn’t gain attention until after the owners of the Triangle Waist Company, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, were indicted on first and second degree manslaughter, but were ultimately found to be not guilty. The question of how could this happened would have be answered by what happened that day.
In the film Escape Fire the Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, there were many insightful examples of why our Unites States healthcare revolves around paying more and getting less. The system is designed to treat diseases rather than preventing them and promoting wellness. In our healthcare industry, there are many different contributors that provide and make up our system. These intermediaries include suppliers, manufacturers, consumers, patients, providers, policy and regulations. All these members have a key role in the functionality of the health care industry; however, each role has its positives and negatives. Each person with an occupation in the healthcare industry is doing their designated job as assigned, but it’s evident that the system’s design is flawed to its core.
Working conditions in the late nineteenth century improved with the introduction of labor activists. Labor activists tried for better conditions in multiple ways, the most common being the formation of unions. There were two primary types of workers in unions: the more-radicalized strikers, and the passive mediators. Samuel Gompers, an American labor activist, was an example of the latter. Samuel talked about corporate change in his letter Letter to the Hon. Peter Grosscup. He wrote “ Ask these whether the conqueror (monopoly) cares whether his trophy (the laborers) is destroyed or preserved. Ascertain from employers whether the laborer is not regarded the same as a machine, thrown out as soon as all the work possible has been squeezed out of him.” Once a worker would lose his maximum efficiency, he would be replaced by the influx of immigrants entering the United States. There was no idea of tenure, only a merit concept. Furthermore, in order to grow fiscally, it was best for corporations to avoid paying for or adhering to safety precautions. For example, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of New York City in March 25, 1911, was a fire in which one hundred forty-six people died. The massive death count came from the lack of security precautions. For the company to keep a maximum amount of efficiency, workers wouldn’t be allowed breaks. To enforce this no-breaks rules, most doors in the building were locked, which trapped and killed most workers during the fire. In an newspaper interview Fire Chief Edward Croker said “Well, from what we could find—what was left of that place up there—I don’t think there was any doubt there was a partition inside of the doorway leading out into the Green Street side of that building, and from the indication of the number of people we found where that partition was, that door was locked, and the door that
It was owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris. The factory employed young children and women who had poor conditions to say the least. The factory had doors that locked from the outside to prevent workers from taking too many bathroom breaks. The building had four elevators, only one being fully functional, but in order to reach it one would have to walk down a long narrow hallway. There were two stairwells down to the bottom floor. One being locked for safety purposes; the other only being able to be opened from the outside. The one fire escape would not have been adequate enough to sufficiently evacuate the workers. Blanck and Harris were known to have burned down their factories for the fire insurance, so they refused to install a sprinkler system. The fire was started from a rag bin. Someone tried to put the fire out with a hose, but the hose was rotted and the valve rusted shut. People tried to escape, but the elevator broke down. The doors to the stairwells were locked, and many girls, in a desperate attempt jumped to their deaths. 145 girls and women either burned alive or suffocated. Despite there being sufficient evidence, the courts failed to indict the owners on manslaughter charges. To prevent further disasters from happening, the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Protection law was passed, which was a crucial win for the
In the novel Tangerine, the protagonist, Paul Fisher, and his mother move to Tangerine, Florida to meet up with his father and older brother Erik at their new home. The family has moved due to Mr. Fisher’s work and expected their new home in Lake Windsor Downs to be perfect. However, the problems beneath the surface become apparent the longer they live there. Koi fish in the lake go missing, a sinkhole occurs at the local school, and termites eat away at neighborhood homes. Tangerine presents a perfect guise that conceals its ugly imperfections.
Regardless of the cigarette, many other factors contributed to the lethality of the blaze. The factory was designed to fit as many sewing tables and people in it as possible (the factory was designed to maximize capacity for sewing tables and people), but the design for efficiency provided little room for maneuverability. The girls were “crawling over the cutting tables” to escape the flames because of the narrow paths between tables and machinery. Isaac Harris’ design resulted in the impeded flight of workers to the exits while Max Blanck’s fear of “his employees [robbing] him blind” kept the doors locked. The managers and owners kept the Washington Place door locked during business hours; the only door unlocked was the Green Street door, but it was monitored for stolen material hidden in employee’s purses. By keeping the Washington Place door locked, the owners caused further deaths. If the door had been unlocked the casualties would have been far fewer. Besides keeping doors unlocked and clear, other safety measures were disregarded. A fire drill “would have given them three minutes” and a adequate fire escape that reached the ground would have saved the ninth floor. Doors that swung out instead of in would have prevented the mass of workers from crowding the exit; they could not open the door because of their panicked pushing. The water hose, too, did not operate as accordance with the fire laws already in place. The hose did not work at all. Similarly, fireproof doors and sprinklers would have contained and protected the workers. The Asch Building was “fireproof”, but the furnishings had not been. The flammable material, cotton, caused the fire to spread quicker than if another material had caught fire; proper containment and storage of such combustible fabric would have prevented such widespread
Low-cost houses can be found in some parts of the U.K. Unfortunately, the wages are too low, thus leading to the collapse of property ownership. The construction of more homes has been limited by inadvertent construction where few people have the interest and capacity to build new structures. In addition, private developers bid for land based on the price they intend to sell the newly constructed houses. Therefore, the construction activities reduce once the prices fall.
In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair explains how horrible working conditions were for people in the meatpacking industry. Have you ever wondered what effect Upton Sinclair had on American industry? The Jungle is about the poor working conditions and the very poor sanitation in 1906. We will also be talking about the backstory behind Upton Sinclair.
One of the main reasons the fire took such a psychological toll on the New Yorkers was because of the workers jumping to there deaths. One witness even remarked the event saying quote 'I know a new sound a terrible sound the sound of a body hitting the pavement". The inferno was also not an uncommon occurrence the triangle shirt was burned before the tragedy to collect insurance money. Knowing this information, many Jewish and women workers went on strike to secure improved working conditions. There strike in fact proved successful with the New York state legislature creating the Factory Investigating Commission. Another result of the fire was the creation of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Which was Designed for all buildings to fall under the code to make them safer?
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States was experiencing a time of widespread reform. This movement brought great changes to multiple fields and areas in the United States. These reforms were ideas that improved the quality of life for working and normal citizens in the United States. Two such examples of these movements are found in reforms made within the working and living conditions across America.
'Flames and Dangling Wire ' just like 'Meatworks ' portrays Earth as a kind of hell, where humans have destroyed what good parts there are about nature. "There is fog over the hot sun" emphasises the waste of humans and humanity that wastes not only nature but themselves. The hot sun would make the dump smell terrible, but they are still inside the car at this point. "A water bird lifts above this swamp as a turtle moves on the Galapagos shores" is a strong simile; a direct comparison to a prominent issue. However, nature will prevail and go above humanity, even if humans treat the earth like an experiment or their playground. "The mirage of the city" compares the dump quite accurately to the trashy city. 'The demon with the long barge
The infamous winds of Santa Ana repeatedly help develop a sky ridden with smoke, but for many on the golden coast this is just a typical day. The winds spiral into flames catching among the wild flowers that flourish on the vast valleys of California. These winds are unstoppable. However, it seems as if many refuse this idea in hopes that the land in california will become untouched by the dry winds if humans decide to build. It seems as if no one realizes that the ash from last year will be buried under tar at first, but soon enough the winds will take over the land and a new layer of ash will settle.. This is a reality among the people of southern california when the Santa Ana winds take over. The essay “Brush Fire” by Linda Thomas is an emotional piece supported through facts and definitions which express how much the Santa Ana winds mean to her. The second essay discussing the winds is a piece which looks at the effects of the santa ana in almost the opposite way. The similarities and differences in “Brush Fire” by Thomas and “The Santa Ana” by Didion both express how meaningful the Santa Ana winds can be in two different writing styles.
Symbolism is a notable feature in Catching Fire. Through symbolism , Suzanne Collins manages to paint Katniss as the ultimate embodiment of rebellion through transferring her into a mockingjay . " A mockingjay is a creature the Capitol never intended to exist"(92), as it is a result of the Capitol's usage of the japperjays which were sent to spy on the rebels. However, the japperjays failed in their mission so the Capitol left them to die ,but they managed to survive through mating to female mockingbirds . This proves that the existence of the mockingjays is an act of rebellion in itself , an act of defiance excuted by the Capitol's own invention , long before Katniss has been born. . While in the Capitol , Katniss realizes that her
The detrimental Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is considered to be one of the most tragic disasters in history. On March 25th, 1911, a fire broke out and killed 146 garment workers who were mostly women. These women worked countless hours with low wages and inhumane working conditions in a factory. Even though this event was tragic, the triangle shirtwaist fire helped to shape the new world for the better. The multitude of workers trapped within the inferno to their demise was the final straw for the mistreatment of America’s workers. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire led to imperative reforms that sought for adequate conditions for workers and the advent of the Progressive Era. (Source 2).