By 1911, the Lower East Side had become both the most densely populated area in the country and the largest Jewish city in the world. Jewish immigrants came to the United States for its religious freedom and its economic opportunities, which posed new questions. Should one work on the Sabbath? If one worked in a factory, should one go on a strike to improve conditions?
In 1911, a devastating factory fire disrupted the city, prompting both grief and ultimately, a series of new labor and work safety laws. Find out how Fannie and Abraham Rogarshevsky and their six children made their way through a turbulent decade.