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Where do we find Collective Courage?

Posted on March 13, 2018 by




Where do we find Collective Courage?
by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager

Collective Courage

Collective Courage

Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

328 pages; paperback; 2014; $40

Cooperative culture has a deep, rich history that has often been omitted from the history books. Particularly the union of cooperative groups and African American history, we are missing a piece of history that could change the script of the past and for the future.

Collective Courage 
begins with a history of early African American cooperative roots followed by the development of cooperatives in the twentieth century and finishes with current practices and twenty-first century solutions. With the use of newspapers, journals, articles of incorporation, memoirs and much more, author Nembhard brings life and story to a part of history that has all but been forgotten.

As the book description explains, “Adding the cooperative movement to Black history results in a retelling of the African American experience, with an increased understanding of African American collective economic agency and grassroots economic organizing.”

Available now at the FIC Bookstore!

If you’re interested in this topic, take a look at these titles on Cooperation, Economics and Business:

For All the People

For All The People

For All the People
Seeking to reclaim a history that has remained largely ignored by historians, this dramatic and stirring account examines each of the definitive American cooperative movements for social change—farmer, union, consumer, and communalist—that have been all but erased from collective memory.

Best of Communities XIII

Best of Communities XIII: Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Wherever You Are
Best of Communities XIII: Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Wherever You Are.In our compilation of Communities
magazine articles, authors in this issue write about the value of circulating money within community, establishing local currencies, and financing a new cohousing home. We examine what it means when we say “needs-base mean”, “income sharing”, and “trade economies.”

Also see our Latest Communities magazine issue

Spring 2018 Communities magazine

Be sure to check out our new spring issue of Communities magazine, “Class, Race, and Privilege.”

Available now in print, as a single copy or as the start of your subscription, or download a digital copy now for free!

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