With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom. Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.
Tom Lacey and Samuel Embers were outlaws who split from the Younger Brothers Gang. Their handles were the Nevada Kid and Smokey. After the robbery of the Kingston-Downey Express, they took honest jobs while seeking refuge at a prominent cattle ranch. Tom had been shot through the left thigh, and taking on honest jobs was the only way Smokey could get his partner back on his feet again without getting captured. When returning to the O’Connor ranch from a cattle drive up north, they had no idea their cover was revealed to the local sheriff. They were arrested, tried, and convicted to prison terms. Smokey was released after five years, but Tom Lacey (the Nevada Kid) had to stay an extra two for misbehavior. What got Nevada the two extra years was his stubbornness and his bad-boy attitude. It was his sour venom that got him in there in the first place—that along with his love, respect, and damned cursed weakness for beautiful women. In book 3 of the Southwest Series, the Nevada Kid and Smokey are released from prison. Nevada heads southwest and joins the Broken Arrow Ranch rodeo circuit to make some fast money, hoping to reach the goal he set for himself of buying a cattle ranch. What kind of trouble does he get into there with his new friend Recordina “Ricki,” the barrel racer? Who is cutting cinch straps, trying to cause a planned murder to look like an accident?
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36” For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes. When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyin' skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
This is the totally fictitious tale of several teenagers who were. bound by their mutual interest in horses and achievement at school. It is the tale of their lives from February 1979 to November 1979. They live in the small city of Catvile, population 9 500, in the Oklahoma Panhandle, which the reader will find on the road atlas as Boise City, population 1 500. Catville had experienced a growth boom after WW 2, which brought in the Hi-Tec Hawthorne Corporation with Research and Production facilities. The expansion of the UofO system resulted in the founding of the 7ligh Plains Liberal Arts College A new 300 bed Regional Hospital, finally, was the cause of a massive influx of a medium and high-level workforce, who congregated from all over the US, mainly from both, the East and the West Coast as well as the southeast region of Texas. Many of these people brought children with them, who were used to English riding, perhaps bad even their own horses. This factor contributed to the decision to organize a riding stable that could cater to the needs of these children and teenagers, eventually even an approved Pony Club. All this took place in a land that was traditionally referred to as the heartland of Western riding and rodeo, in short of Western Culture. By nature of their background, the protagonists of the tale are considered accelerated students with high academic achievement. They are liberal, yet disciplined The tale takes them through the months of 1979, as occurrences on the way have a maturing effect. Their Pony Club training makes them conversant in dealing with people and animals as they are taught to handle adverse situations competently. An early sign of future leadership is observed and peers and superiors encourage such trend. Part II takes four of the boys to a cattle ranch south of Fort Bison Military Training Area (on the road map: Rita Blanca National Grasslands) to team up with twins of the same age, who are cousins of one of the protagonists. Here they get involved with the daily work of a cattle ranch and where they participate. English and Western riding find a symbiosis. At one of their outings they encounter a severely injured soldier on survival training. They successfully instigate rescue operations, prepared for such action by their previous Pony Club training. At the same time, Red Cross and FEMA select girls of their group for a pilot program where they undergo a six-week intensive training as certified First Aid Providers. In Part III the training is put to the test after a horrible avalanche of tornados hits the west part of Catville and outlying ranches. One of the girls is dispatched to a remote ranch, to which all power and communication had been interrupted, to check on the status of a woman who is presumed pregnant and two weeks before parturition. She finds the womans labors in progress. The nine months of this story show the maturing effect on the teenagers, how they grow, but also how they stay youngsters with spirit and full of joie de vivre. Shown is a world of teenagers that still is wholesome, yet, full of demands, of tribulations and earnest striving for accomplishment. Remarkable are numerous dialogues where the teenagers, all high achieving students, convert their observation into well thought of and formulated questions. Especially the Powwows in the summer evenings on the bunkhouse porch foster lively discussions. An old Cherokee farmhand is faced with inquisitive youngsters and able to respond. He turns out to be a retired High School teacher and former Captain in the National Guard. A befriended young Lieutenant from Fort Bison opens the understanding of the function of a modern Army and those who represent it. The tale culminates in the commitment of a lifetime friendship of two boys and girls. The Prologue and the Epilogue, playing 12 years later, disclose that one is married to her teenage friend, the other lost her friend, the leading prot
A provocative book about rethinking hatred and violence in America Over the centuries American society has been plagued by brutality fueled by disregard for the humanity of others: systemic violence against Native peoples, black people, and immigrants. More recent examples include the Steubenville rape case and the murders of Matthew Shepard, Jennifer Daugherty, Marcelo Lucero, and Trayvon Martin. Most Americans see such acts as driven by hate. But is this right? Longtime activists and political theorists Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski boldly assert that American society’s reliance on the framework of hate to explain these acts is wrongheaded, misleading, and ultimately harmful. All too often Americans choose to believe that terrible cruelty is aberrant, caused primarily by “extremists” and misfits. The inevitable remedy of intensified government-based policing, increased surveillance, and harsher punishments has never worked and does not work now. Stand-your-ground laws; the US prison system; police harassment of people of color, women, and LGBT people; and the so-called war on terror demonstrate that the remedies themselves are forms of institutionalized violence. Considering Hate challenges easy assumptions and failed solutions, arguing that “hate violence” reflects existing cultural norms. Drawing upon social science, philosophy, theology, film, and literature, the authors examine how hate and common, even ordinary, forms of individual and group violence are excused and normalized in popular culture and political discussion. This massive denial of brutal reality profoundly warps society’s ideas about goodness and justice. Whitlock and Bronski invite readers to radically reimagine the meaning and structures of justice within a new framework of community wholeness, collective responsibility, and civic goodness. From the Hardcover edition.
Here are the stories if twelve of Canada's outstanding labour leaders and organizers. Their accounts tell the behind-the-scenes story of some of the key events in the twentieth-century Canadian history from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike , the 1935 On-to-Ottawa trek of the unemployed which played a major role in the defeat of Tory Prime Minister R.B. Bennett and the 1945 Ford strike in Windsor which consolidated the rights of big industrial unions through to the 1972 Common Front of Quebec's public sector workers.
This groundbreaking and eloquently written book explains how and why people are wedded to the notion that they belong to differing human kinds--tribe-type categories like races, ethnic groups, nations, religions, casts, street gangs, sports fandom, and high school cliques.