Remembering Sears and Roebuck: When Sears Used the Market to Combat Jim Crow

Posted by $ Olduglycarl 1 year, 4 months ago to History
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Sears will not soon be forgotten. But as we eulogize this beacon of American capitalism, we should also celebrate one of its lesser-known achievements: using markets to combat Jim Crow laws.

Yes...Profit and the Free Market benefits All human lives.

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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 1 year, 4 months ago
    Great history lesson and now I know what RFD stands for and the political chameleon who passed the legislation.
    Thomas Edward "Tom" Watson (September 5, 1856 – September 26, 1922) was an American politician, attorney, newspaper editor and writer from Georgia. In the 1890s Watson championed poor farmers as a leader of the Populist Party, articulating an agrarian political viewpoint while attacking business, bankers, railroads, Democratic President Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party. He was the nominee for vice president with Democrat William Jennings Bryan in 1896 on the Populist ticket.

    Tom Watson
    Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1890, Watson pushed through legislation mandating Rural Free Delivery, called the "biggest and most expensive endeavor" ever instituted by the U.S. postal service. Politically he was a leader on the left in the 1890s, calling on poor whites and poor blacks to unite against the elites. After 1900, however, he shifted to nativist attacks on blacks and Catholics (and after 1914 on Jews). Two years before his death, he was elected to the United States Senate.
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  • Posted by $ 1 year, 4 months ago
    My parents first home was a modest Sears Home my mother and father put together on a 1.5 acre lot.

    It was a warm a comfortable home...with a dirt basement.
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