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Cooperatives in New OrleansCollective Action and Urban Development$
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Anne Gessler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827616

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827616.001.0001

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The New Orleans Housewives’ League: White Women’s Political Equality and Consumer Reform

The New Orleans Housewives’ League: White Women’s Political Equality and Consumer Reform

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(p.51) Chapter Two The New Orleans Housewives’ League: White Women’s Political Equality and Consumer Reform
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Cooperatives in New Orleans
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Anne Gessler

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827616.003.0003

Chapter two explores how early- to mid-twentieth century New Orleans socialists grappled with two central questions: could an embattled Rochdale consumer cooperative model thrive within a capitalist system, or should it presage a fundamental social, political, and economic transformation? The chapter traces cooperatives overlooked contributions to Progressive female economic institution-building and white women’s enfranchisement during the 1910s and 1920s. White Uptown New Orleanian women studied contemporary American and British socialists who equitably wove women, laborers, and agricultural producers into a national economic plan encompassing cooperative housing, production, health insurance, medical care, and education. Specifically, educated, affluent, and ethnically heterogenous cooperative activists replicated CLUSA’s chain store cooperative networks, which they folded into a broad-based consumer rights platform modernizing and expanding the city’s grocery retail industry and public market system.

Keywords:   New Orleans Housewives League, Consumer movement, Progressivism, Uptown Neighborhood, Women’s enfranchisement

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