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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 This volume also contains an excerpt from Matilda’s unpublished memoir.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
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.
Roxy Druse and The Murders of Herkimer County By Michael Cooney
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In the winter of 1884 Herkimer County was shaken by a horrifying murder that took place on an isolated farm, and the story soon drew national attention. Roxy Druse and her daughter Mary were charged... More > with killing and dismembering her husband. A young journalist, W.H. Tippetts, was among the many who flocked to the county seat for the trial. Tippetts interviewed the accused murderesses and quickly produced a short book about Roxy and other many other homicides in the county’s history. After Roxy’s execution, his book was forgotten, surviving in only a few copies. A hundred and twenty years later, Michael Cooney discovered, or claimed to discover, an unpublished manuscript in which Tippetts reveals the intertwining of his own life with that of the two women. This volume contains both works and reveals the true story of long ago murder.< Less
The River That Flows Both Ways By Michael Cooney
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Set in the 1640s, this novel includes some of the major figures of the early Dutch settlement in present-day Albany, New York: Harmen van den Bogaert, Arent van Corlaer, Adriaen van der Donck,... More > Johannes Megapolensis and the Jesuit martyr Isaac Jogues. Matouac, a young Mohican boy, tells his story to the Dutch minister, Johannes Megapolensis. Determined to survive after his home and family are destroyed, Matouac learns the ways of the fierce Mohawks as well as of the Dutch settlers. He makes friends with the runaway nun Therese de Ville-Marie and falls in love with the slave girl Catharina. He also makes a deadly enemy in Lature, a renegade French priest bent on human sacrifice. Without a family of his own, he becomes a part of the family of the jovial and bisexual Harmen van den Bogaert. When Harmen faces death for what his fellow whites regard as the most unnatural of crimes, the young Mohican risks everything to free his friend from the prison at Fort Orange.< Less
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
Neither Rebel Nor Tory By Michael Cooney
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This novel is based on the true story of Hanyost Schuyler, whose role in saving the lives of hundreds of Americans besieged at Fort Stanwix in 1777 has long been forgotten. ... More > Hanyost does not care about nor understand the stories of fighting in faraway Boston or New York City. He is much more interested in learning the old ways of his Mohawk neighbors and spending time with the young warrior Onatah and his sister Ataentsic. But now that the Revolution is coming closer to the Mohawk Valley, everyone must choose a side. Will he follow his uncle Nicholas Herkimer, the newly appointed general of the rebel militia ? What of his neighbors, Joseph Brant, the war chief of the Mohawks, and his intriguing sister Molly? They have always been good friends to Hanyost, yet their loyalty to King George III is known to all.< 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
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