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Collective Courage

A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Coming in June

$39.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-09751-0
Coming in June

320 pages
6.125" × 9.25"
1 b&w illustration
2024
Tenth Anniversary Edition

Collective Courage

A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

Jessica Gordon Nembhard

First published in 2014, Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s Collective Courage quickly became an important tool for understanding the history of cooperative economic enterprises in the African American community. This now-classic work recounts how African Americans benefited greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history.

 

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First published in 2014, Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s Collective Courage quickly became an important tool for understanding the history of cooperative economic enterprises in the African American community. This now-classic work recounts how African Americans benefited greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history.

Many of the players in this story are well known—among them W. E. B. Du Bois; A. Philip Randolph and the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Nannie Helen Burroughs; Fannie Lou Hamer; Ella Jo Baker and George Schuyler of the Young Negroes’ Co-operative League; the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; and the Black Panther Party. Drawing on media reports and co-op records, Gordon Nembhard uncovers the challenges they faced and highlights their hard-won victories.

This tenth anniversary edition of Collective Courage features a substantial preface that expands on material in the first edition and addresses the development of the Black co-op movement through the second decade of the twenty-first century. It remains an indispensable resource for readers interested in the history of the struggle for African American economic freedom and equity.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York.

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