Anna Rochester

Rochester, Anna


Born 1880; died 1966. American historian and economist. Participant in the labor movement.

During World War I (1914–18), Rochester joined the socialist movement and later the communist movement. After the war, she was one of the founders of the progressive Labor Research Association. She was the author of works devoted to the history of capitalism in the United States, the condition of the working class, and the history of the farm workers’ movement.


Rulers of America: A Study of Finance Capital. New York, 1936.
Profits and Wages. New York, 1932.
Wall Street. [New York] 1932.
In Russian translation:
Trud i ugol’v Amerike. Moscow-Leningrad, 1932.
Pochemu bedny fermery: Agrarnyi krizis ν SShA. Moscow, 1949.
Amerikanskii kapitalizm 1607–1800. Moscow, 1950.
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Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins
Allen has written a wonderful, engaging, queerly emblematic joint biography of Grace Hutchins (1885-1969) and Anna Rochester (1880-1966), life partners who devoted themselves to the Communist Party and a seemingly infinite number of allied causes, especially those that advanced the equality of women.
Anna Rochester was, according to Allen, a precocious child with exceptional language abilities and a propensity for gender transgression, preferring outdoor adventures to a more traditional female domesticity.
Janet Lee, Comrades and Partners: The Shared Lives of Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)
GRACE HUTCHINS and Anna Rochester shared a life together for nearly 50 years.
But in Comrades and Partners, she leaves the big questions for others to explore, turning Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins into effective vehicles for an experiment in biographical inquiry rather than the centerpoints of a significant historical moment.
The middle class mattered to the likes of Mike Gold, Granville Hicks, Corliss Lamont, Lewis Corey [Louis Fraina], and Anna Rochester.