The Hidden Human Cost of Fashion

American Federation of Teachers

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In this lesson, students will explore workers' rights and global supply chains. Armed with this information, your class can become more critical and thoughtful consumers. The lesson can be integrated into your curriculum in a number of ways, beginning with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 and its impact on the growth of labor unions in the United States. The lesson also draws upon the tragic story of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. On April 24, 2013, the factory collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring another 2,500.

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