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Five Years at Fannie Lou By Michael Cooney
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This small book provides a personal glimpse of the renaissance in the New York City public schools as reflected in one of the most successful of the new small high schools. The individualized... More > portfolio assessment methods developed at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School have made the school a model for those seeking alternatives to standardized testing. The author served as literacy coach at the school from 2003 to 2008 on behalf of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. This book is not an official publication of the school nor of Teachers College and describes only a small portion of the work done by NafET in the New York City public schools.< Less
Alfred Dolge By Michael Cooney
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Alfred Dolge, who pioneered the world's first employer-based pension, disability compensation and profit-sharing programs, came from Germany in 1866 as a skilled piano maker and made a fortune... More > manufacturing piano components. Inspired by his father's revolutionary past, as well as by such diverse authors as Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Dolge set out to establish a social democratic utopia in central New York state where working people could share in the wealth they created. Yet in 1898 he was forced into bankruptcy through a betrayal by his closest advisers and all his promises became impossible to fulfill. This short biography is designed to introduce to the contemporary reader a long neglected forerunner of social security programs in the United States and other liberal democracies.< Less
The Great Monroe High School Fire By Michael Cooney
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The Great Monroe High School Fire is based upon events surrounding the unsolved arson fire that did major damage to James Monroe High School in the South Bronx over thirty years ago. The characters... More > are inspired by the young people who learned how to survive in that era of gangs, drugs, and failing educational schools. The narrator, Joey Sanchez, lives in the worlds of both his Italian mother and his absent Puerto Rican father and is influenced by very different people. There is his impoverished mother whom he cannot bear to disappoint. And there is his closest friend Sapo who joins him in a frenzy of graffiti writing while they are still at Junior High 22, and who later nearly gets both of them killed in a drug deal gone wrong.< Less
Asteronga, New York By Michael Cooney
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A collection of eleven short stories set in an upstate New York factory town in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Red Nurse By Michael Cooney
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This novel tells the story of the Little Falls, New York textile strike of 1912 from the perspective of one of its leading organizers, M. Helen Schloss. She was a public health nurse and an active... More > socialist before she came to Little Falls at the invitation of a group of wealthy women. When workers at the Phoenix and Gilbert textile mills struck against wage cuts in October, she was ready to support them in every way she could. Over the next three months, Little Falls was the national focus for the growing labor movement as Socialist Party and IWW activists from around the country joined the battle. But it was not the radical celebrities of the era who won the strike. It was the largely female, immigrant workers and the two women who led them: Helen Schloss and Matilda Rabinowitz. This volume also contains an excerpt from Matilda’s unpublished memoir.< Less