NEW YORK — For more than 90 years, a fire at a garment company that claimed 146 lives stood as the worst workplace disaster in this city’s history.

But outside of the metropolitan area and outside of the garment industry, the March 25, 1911, blaze at the Triangle Waist Co. — commonly called the Triangle Shirtwaist fire — has slipped to the status of historical footnote. Still, it’s an event that had a profound impact on American history, as author David Von Drehle argued in the recently published “Triangle: The Fire That Changed America” (Atlantic Monthly Press).

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