Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society

Growing vegetables on five vacant lots in the inner city of Kansas City, Kansas.

Inspired by:
The Tuskegee Institute.  "They grew crops and raised livestock to provide for most of the basic needs, and they made bricks, and constructed classrooms, barns and outbuildings -- helping each other help themselves."  African American Odyssey: "The Booker T. Washington Era (Part 1)", Library of Congress, 21 Mar 2008, accessed 3 Sep 2008.
African-American Mutual Aid Societies in the Late 19th and Early 20th
Centuries by Daniel Acker, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and an
article appearing at www.ourweekly.com/features/blacks-giving-la-historic-practice
which provides an overview of African-American mutual aid societies.
Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. Mutual-aid societies were also common among European immigrants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_societies).
The pioneers.  When the pioneers settled this country, and they needed a house or a barn, they did not hire a contractor. They brought their neighbors together and had a house-raising or a barn-raising.  They also had sewing bees, hay days, and many other kinds of group work. See: For All The People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, PM Press, by John Curl, 2009.
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