Are coops still a force for social change?

On May 25th, 1934, Minnesota’s charismatic Farmer-Labor governor, Floyd Olson delivered a fiery speech to the delegates assembled at the Farmer-Labor Party’s state convention in St. Paul. Olson had reason to be fiery. After signs of recovery in 1933, the cold grip of the Depression tightened once again. Olson concluded his speech with fighting words that delighted his audience. “I am what I want to be… I am a radical.” Continue Reading

Celebrating settlement houses—and Jane Addams

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Jane Addam’s masterpiece, Twenty Years at Hull House. The book, never out of print, has achieved a kind of iconic status in American letters, perhaps more celebrated than understood.  Until the past decade or so, the same could be said about Jane Addams. Continue Reading