Fourteen-year-old Carsie Akselrod and her younger sister,
Lilia, flee the Russian pogroms to live with relatives on
New York's teeming, dangerous Lower East Side.
Like many Jewish immigrant Americans in the early 1900s, the
girls go to work in sweatshops, eventually taking jobs at
the ill-fated Triangle Waist Company, scene of the infamous
1911 industrial fire that claimed the lives of 146 garment
Set against Tammany Hall politics and gangland crime, City
of Slaughter is a tale of a woman torn by family, faith, and
her drive to rise from poverty, succeed in business, and
claim her place in New York's world of fashion and society.