Baltimore-Washington, DC area cooperatives past and present

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Baltimore's rich cooperative heritage dates back a couple hundred years to a shoemakers union that opened its own factory in 1794, according to John Curl, cooperative historian and author of For All The People:  Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America.  Curl writes in the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy booklet entitled "Worker Cooperation and Collaboration in Baltimore & DC: Yesterday and Today" distributed at the  July 8-10, 2011 worker co-op conference that Baltimore was a center for worker cooperation.  Here we offer Curl's history as well as articles from other worker cooperative and collaborative groups in the Baltimore-DC area.  
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