"We Have Found You Wanting:" Labor Activism and Communal Responsibility
A Jewish immigrant activist and a lifelong advocate for the rights of workers and of women, Rose Schneiderman shaped the American labor movement. Known as a powerful orator, Schneiderman used her speeches—such as the one she delivered in April, 1911 to protest the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire—to galvanize leaders and ordinary citizens to action on behalf of workers, immigrants, and other disadvantaged members of society. This Go & Learn guide uses Schneiderman's speech and life example to explore our communal and individual responsibilities for the well being of others in our midst.
- Rose Schneiderman is an important figure who shaped the American labor movement.
- The activist response to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, of which Rose Schneiderman was a key part, ultimately led to the creation of more effective fire and safety regulations in the workplace.
- What impacts did Rose Schneiderman have on the American labor movement?
- What can we learn from Rose Schneiderman about the importance of communal and individual responsibility for the well-being of others in our midst?
- For youth:
Jewish Responsibility, Human Responsibility
- For family/congregational education:
Bread and Roses
- For adults:
A Light to the Nations? Historical and Contemporary Cases
More about Rose Schneiderman
More about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Lesson Plan's from Living the Legacy
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. ""We Have Found You Wanting:" Labor Activism and Communal Responsibility." (Viewed on April 14, 2021) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/sep08>.