A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice
328 pages; paperback; 2014
By Jessica Gordon Nembhard
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.”
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If you’re interested in this topic, take a look at these titles on Cooperation, Economics and Business:
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: 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-based mean,” “income sharing,” and “trade economies.”
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