Elizabeth Swados

Putting The Triangle Tragedy To Music

Swados’ oratorio to include Jewish, Italian melodies.

03/15/2011
Staff Writer

A native of Buffalo, where the dominant early 20th-century tragedy in the city’s collective memory was the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley, Elizabeth Swados never learned about New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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