Mary Cronk Farrell

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Mary Cronk Farrell
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1419718843
ISBN-13: 978-1419718847
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Category: Nonfiction

FANNIE NEVER FLINCHED

One Woman's Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights

Synopsis:

When immigrant women earning poverty wages in St. Louis sweatshops voted to strike, Fannie Sellins was there. When destitute coal miners dared to unionize in West Virginia, Fannie was there.

When hired gunmen threatened, beat and shot miners walking the picket line in Pennsylvania, Fannie was there. Mine operators would have paid any price to get rid of Fannie. They threatened to kill her, but Fannie refused to go away.

The United Mine Workers Journal called her an "Angel of Mercy," who went into the miners' homes, encouraging their wives and caring for the sick and dying.
"Whenever there was a strike, with its inevitable suffering, Mrs. Sellins was found, caring for the women and children through the dark days of the struggle."

Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization, when the Carnegies and Morgans wore jewels, and their laborers wore rags. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice. She sacrificed her life for that dream, dying on the picket line in a hail of bullets.
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Nancy Oswald said on 11/02/2016:
Mary, this sounds like a wonderful book. Good luck with your launch.
A. E. Conran said on 11/02/2016:
I have never heard of Fannie. Definitely on my to "look out for" list.
Laura Renauld said on 11/02/2016:
Love the title. It really makes me want to read this book!
Beth Anderson said on 11/02/2016:
Never heard of her - looks fascinating!
Jane Sutcliffe said on 11/02/2016:
Fannie looks fascinating, Mary. I had never heard of her before and look forward to reading your book to find out more. Congratulations!
Nancy said on 11/02/2016:
I can't wait to get my hands on your latest, Mary! YAY!
Sue Todd said on 11/01/2016:
Yet another story about a strong and influential woman I've never heard about. It looks like a compelling read!
Judy A Cummings said on 11/01/2016:
One of those fascinating women I've never heard about. Can't wait to read your book and learn more.
Steve mooser said on 10/24/2016:
Important story. Glad you are sharing with the world Mary
Rachel said on 10/14/2016:
Great book trailer, Mary!
christopher said on 10/13/2016:
So looking forward to seeing another of Mary's books!
Janet Fox said on 10/13/2016:
I can't wait to read this one!
Stacy said on 10/11/2016:
Sounds very interesting!
Sue said on 10/11/2016:
Woman after my own heart.
Tracy said on 10/11/2016:
Mary's books are so wonderful--can't wait to find out about Fannie!

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The day I first stumbled across a mention of Fannie Sellins, I knew I had to write her story. She demonstrated an amazing and rare combination of commitment, courage, and compassion that deeply inspired me. Please visit YA & Kids Book Central where they kindly let me talk about Fannie and writing this book!






When immigrant women earning poverty wages in St. Louis sweatshops voted to strike, Fannie Sellins was there. When destitute coal miners dared to unionize in West Virginia, Fannie was there.

When hired gunmen threatened, beat and shot miners walking the picket line in Pennsylvania, Fannie was there. Mine operators would have paid any price to get rid of Fannie. They threatened to kill her, but Fannie refused to go away.

The United Mine Workers Journal called her an "Angel of Mercy," who went into the miners' homes, encouraging their wives and caring for the sick and dying.
"Whenever there was a strike, with its inevitable suffering, Mrs. Sellins was found, caring for the women and children through the dark days of the struggle."

Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization, when the Carnegies and Morgans wore jewels, and their laborers wore rags. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice. She sacrificed her life for that dream, dying on the picket line in a hail of bullets.
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Mary Cronk Farrell

Author of the critically acclaimed Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific, Mary Cronk Farrell writes with passion about people facing great adversity with courage.

Honors for her fiction and nonfiction include: Notable Social Studies Book for Young People, SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West, Bank Street College List of Best Children's Books, NY Public Library Best Books for Teens, Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Washington State Book Award Finalist, Booklist Editor’s Choice, to the Amelia Bloomer Project List and awarded a EUREKA! Children’s Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.
Mary's work as a television journalist received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
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Starred Review
"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 features." ~Booklist

Starred Review
"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." ~Publishers Weekly

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

"A cogent, well-documented, handsomely designed treatment of a heretofore forgotten hero of labor....Farrell's text and annotated timeline demonstrate that the early struggle for fair wages, hours, and benefits was rife with setbacks and bloodshed, as owners, government officials, and law enforcement colluded to break strikes and unions." ~Kirkus Reviews

The day I first stumbled across a mention of Fannie Sellins, I knew I had to write her story. She demonstrated an amazing and rare combination of commitment, courage, and compassion that deeply inspired me. Please visit YA & Kids Book Central where they kindly let me talk about Fannie and writing this book!

    Guestbook Comments
    Nancy Oswald said on November 2, 2016:
    Mary, this sounds like a wonderful book. Good luck with your launch.

    A. E. Conran said on November 2, 2016:
    I have never heard of Fannie. Definitely on my to "look out for" list.

    Laura Renauld said on November 2, 2016:
    Love the title. It really makes me want to read this book!

    Beth Anderson said on November 2, 2016:
    Never heard of her - looks fascinating!

    Jane Sutcliffe said on November 2, 2016:
    Fannie looks fascinating, Mary. I had never heard of her before and look forward to reading your book to find out more. Congratulations!

    Nancy said on November 2, 2016:
    I can't wait to get my hands on your latest, Mary! YAY!

    Sue Todd said on November 1, 2016:
    Yet another story about a strong and influential woman I've never heard about. It looks like a compelling read!

    Judy A Cummings said on November 1, 2016:
    One of those fascinating women I've never heard about. Can't wait to read your book and learn more.

    Steve mooser said on October 24, 2016:
    Important story. Glad you are sharing with the world Mary

    Rachel said on October 14, 2016:
    Great book trailer, Mary!

    christopher said on October 13, 2016:
    So looking forward to seeing another of Mary's books!

    Janet Fox said on October 13, 2016:
    I can't wait to read this one!

    Stacy said on October 11, 2016:
    Sounds very interesting!

    Sue said on October 11, 2016:
    Woman after my own heart.

    Tracy said on October 11, 2016:
    Mary's books are so wonderful--can't wait to find out about Fannie!

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