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Hettie's World History United States

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Molasses.  Chances are it’s something you don’t have in your pantry, but 100 years ago it was a household staple.  Molasses is processed from sugar cane and is used as a sweetener; it is a dark brown, barely viscous liquid.  One January day, molasses also became synonymous with death. An industrial accident in Boston, known […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History Women's history

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: A Workplace Tragedy with Positive Consequences

It’s hard to imagine a time when government regulations didn’t protect workers’ safety. But a century ago, there were no regulations. No one had any reason to question why not. However, that all changed on the day of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. What is a shirtwaist? It’s a type of blouse. It became popular when […]

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