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Words from Hubert Harrison on the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

Words from Hubert Harrison referring to the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire at Washington Place and Greene Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in which 146 workers died 1911 --

"When any portion of the people of a commonwealth are denied the rights accorded to the rest, that commonwealth ceases to be a republic in fact, whatever it may be in name. Then, again, the broad denial of justice to colored men as exemplified in lynchings, segregation, public proscription and disfranchisement results in the vitiation of democratic faith. Herein is seen the supplying power of a false practice. The public mind accustoms itself to seeing these things until it can look with complacency upon the jailing of innocent labor leaders and the murder of working girls in a fire trap factory."

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