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Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights (Hardcover)

Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights By Mary Cronk Farrell Cover Image
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Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization, when the Carnegies and Morgans wore jewels while their laborers wore rags. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice for all, and she sacrificed her life to help that dream come true. Fannie became a union activist, helping to create St. Louis, Missouri, Local 67 of the United Garment Workers of America. She traveled the nation and eventually gave her life, calling for fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in both the garment and mining industries. Her accomplishments live on today. This book includes an index, glossary, a timeline of unions in the United States, and endnotes.

About the Author

Mary Cronk Farrell is an award-winning journalist and children’s book writer. Her books have won a SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West and been honored on lists such as the Notable Social Studies Books for Young People, Bank Street College’s List of Best Children’s Books, and the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens. Her journalistic work has also received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations. Farrell frequently speaks at schools, libraries, conferences, and women’s and family workshops. Her books include Pure Grit, Irena’sChildren, and Standing Up Against Hate. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Praise For…

"A cogent, well-documented, handsomely designed treatment of a heretofore forgotten hero of labor."
— Kirkus


"An essential purchase for public or large school libraries interested in workers’ rights and social justice."
— School Library Journal


"The author may be addressing this stirring story of an early union activist—Fannie Sellins (1872-1919)—to middle-schoolers, but the rigor of her approach yields a book with solid scholarly feature."
— Publishers Weekly


"Readers interested in the history of workers’ rights shouldn’t miss this entrée to the subject, which is bolstered by a timeline of labor struggles, source notes, and other resources."
— Booklist

"A useful resource for students researching the violent era of American labor history."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419718847
ISBN-10: 1419718843
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 56
Language: English

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