It is not often that a scholar is able to revive a major historical event from the depths of obscurity, but that is what Scott D. Seligman has managed to do with his account of a consumer uprising led by Jewish women in response to the rising costs of kosher meat. In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902, Seligman walks readers through this case study in consumer activism set against the backdrop of the Roosevelt administration’s prosecution of the Big Six Beef Trust, a Chicago-based syndicate of meat-packers who conspired to monopolize the market and gouge consumers.

At the book’s onset, Seligman poses a number of questions he intends to answer:

The book’s strength is in unearthing the historical details, mostly by way of newspapers and other archival documents, to bring to light this successful and unusual protest, which otherwise would not be known. Readers come to understand...

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