Origin and Development of Cotton Growers Associations with Special Reference to Oklahoma
Bernet, Louis L.
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The concept of cooperative endeavor is not a new line of reasoning; the first history of cooperation harkens back to the time of our first records of human existence; its development into the modern idea of cooperative marketin gis simply the culmination of ages of application of the trial and error method, with such timely additions as were found to be necessary for the good of the organization cooperating. Because there has been a recent development in cooperative cotton marketing, a new light has been cast on the porduction of this most important crop of the southern half of the United States. Oklahoma has played the leading role in this development and it was through the untiring efforts of her far-seeing leaders in cotton cooperation that her rural populace has been successful in its cooperative organization, and in this success has pointed the way for other states. Finally these same leaders were the medium through which the spirit of national cooperation was developed among producers of cotton throughout the United States. The American Cotton Growers' Exchange is today an outstanding example of what can be done by proper management, even under the most unpromising conditions, if the people interested in their own welfare can be properly educated and guided in their action. Because there is so little in the way of available material at hand for the treatment of ancient cooperative practices, the greater part of this thesis is based on material, most of which was obtained by research in the files of one of the most highly organized associations in cooperative history, the Oklahoma Cotton Growers' Association.
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