An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln

An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln

by Robin Blackburn, Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844677222

ISBN-13: 9781844677221

Pub. Date: 05/16/2011

Publisher: Verso Books

Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War. Although they were divided by far more than the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed on the cause of “free labor” and the urgent need to end slavery. In his introduction, Robin Blackburn argues that Lincoln’s response signaled the importance of the German American community and

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Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War. Although they were divided by far more than the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed on the cause of “free labor” and the urgent need to end slavery. In his introduction, Robin Blackburn argues that Lincoln’s response signaled the importance of the German American community and the role of the international communists in opposing European recognition of the Confederacy.

The ideals of communism, voiced through the International Working Men’s Association, attracted many thousands of supporters throughout the US, and helped spread the demand for an eight-hour day. Blackburn shows how the IWA in America—born out of the Civil War—sought to radicalize Lincoln’s unfinished revolution and to advance the rights of labor, uniting black and white, men and women, native and foreign-born. The International contributed to a profound critique of the capitalist robber barons who enriched themselves during and after the war, and it inspired an extraordinary series of strikes and class struggles in the postwar decades.

In addition to a range of key texts and letters by both Lincoln and Marx, this book includes articles from the radical New York-based journal Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, an extract from Thomas Fortune’s classic work on racism Black and White, Frederick Engels on the progress of US labor in the 1880s, and Lucy Parson’s speech at the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844677221
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
05/16/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,208,848
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Abraham Lincoln

First Inaugural Address 105

Emancipation Proclamation 115

Gettysburg Address 119

Second Inaugural Address 121

Karl Marx

The North American Civil War 127

The American Question in England 139

The Civil War in the United States 151

The American Civil War 161

A Criticism of American Affairs 173

Abolitionist Demonstrations in America 177

Letters

Letter from Marx to Annenkov 185

Letters between Marx and Engels 189

Letters between Marx and Lincoln 211

Articles

Woodbull & Claflin 219

Independence vs. Dependence! Which? 219

The Rights of Children 222

Interview with Karl Marx 225

Conclusion to Black and White Thomas Fortune 233

Preface to the American Edition of The Condition of the Working-Class in England Frederick Engels 239

Speeches at the Founding of the Industrial Workers of the World Lucy Parsons 251

Acknowledgments 259

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