See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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University of Iowa Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth Sergel is an artist whose projects bridge art and technology, memory and public history to create compassionate works that invite active civic engagement. She lives in Berlin. For more on her work please visit


"Ninety years before 9/11, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire also destroyed a building in lower Manhattan, also led people to leap to their deaths rather than burn alive, but the culprit in the earlier case wasn't terrorists, unless you bestow that name on ruthless employers. Ruth Sergel's moving, riveting, and important book reminds us that 'in 2011, the year of the Triangle Fire Centennial, 17 people in the United States were killed by terrorism, while 4,609 died in workplace accidents.'"--Rebecca Solnit, author, The Faraway Nearby

"Ruth Sergel has been ahead of the curve for years and this book proves it. We should listen very carefully to what she wants to do next!"--Frida Kahlo, founding member, Guerrilla Girls

"In this passionate book, Sergel, a remarkable activist and artist, writes eloquently about one of history's worst workplace tragedies--the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Sergel also explains how art can be used ingeniously to keep memories of that tragedy alive so that we in the twenty-first century never forget the hugely important lessons to be drawn from it."--Steven Greenhouse, author, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

"The 2011 centennial commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire led by Ruth Sergel was among the most successful unions of art and social justice I have yet to witness in my thirty-year career. Beautifully written, See You in the Streets offers new generations of social and cultural activist insight into this magnificent model program and ways to utilize the 'unexpected beauty' in the world toward social justice."--Steve Zeitlin, Founding Director, City Lore