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Rochester, Anna (1880–1966)

Rochester, Anna (1880–1966)

American economist and historian. Born Anna Rochester, Mar 30, 1880; grew up in Englewood, NJ; died May 11, 1966, in New York, NY; dau. of Roswell Hart Rochester and Louise Agatha (Bamman) Rochester; attended Bryn Mawr College, 1897–99; lived with Grace Hutchins.

Marxist economist and historian who was lifelong partner and professional collaborator of social reformer Grace Hutchins, worked in Boston settlement house (1909); was member of New Jersey Consumers' League (1911–12); researched child-labor conditions (1912–15); was analyst with US Children's Bureau (1915); worked for Christian pacifist organization, Fellowship of Reconciliation, as editor-in-chief of monthly publication, The World Tomorrow (1922–26); co-authored, with Hutchins, Jesus Christ and the World of Today (1922); also wrote Rulers of America: A Study of Finance Capital (1936) and Why Farmers Are Poor: The Agricultural Crisis in the United States (1949); with Hutchins, traveled across Asia and Europe, meeting social reformers, including Gandhi, and writing for several US publications (1926–27); left Church and joined Communist Party (1927); with Hutchins and Robert W. Dunn, co-founded Labor Research Association, which provided information to labor organizations and publications (1927).

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