The Underground Railroad was One of America’s First Co-ops

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Yes Magazine’s online Newsletter featured this video and article that is a new way to look at the Underground Railroad.

Cooperative economics and civil rights don’t often appear together in history books, but they should. From the mutual aid societies that bought enslaved people’s freedom to the underground railroad network that brought endangered blacks to the north, cooperative structures were key to evading white supremacy–and there was vicious backlash when black co-ops threatened the status quo.

You can hear an interview with the author who shares her views starting with slavery and the Underground Railroad as well as Black Mutual Aid Societies in the early Black communities.            



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