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Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic'

Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic'

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While Alexis de Tocqueville described America as the 'absolute democracy,' Karl Marx saw the nation as a 'defiled republic' so long as it permitted the enslavement of blacks. In this insightful political history, Nimtz argues that Marx and his partner, Frederick Engels, had a far more acute and insightful reading of American democracy than Tocqueville because they recognized that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression were central to its realization. Nimtz's account contrasts both the writings and the civil action of Tocqueville, Marx and Engels, noting that Marx and Engels actively mobilized the German-American community in opposition to the slavocracy prior to the Civil War, and that Marx heavily supported the Union cause. This potent and insightful investigation into the approaches of two major thinkers provides fresh insight into past and present debates about race and democracy in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739106785
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/17/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 989,207
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

August J. Nimtz, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books and articles on Marx and Engels.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Democracy in American: Two Perspectives Chapter 2 The Lessons of the "Most Progressive Nation" Chapter 3 Tocqueville's America Chapter 4 The Judgement of Recent Scholarship: A Balance Sheet Part 5 Toward the "General Conflagration": Theory and Practice Chapter 6 The "New World View" Chapter 7 Slavery, Free Soil, and the Workers' Movement Chapter 8 Preparing for a New Revolution Part 9 "A Last Card Up Its Sleeve": The Overthrow of Slavery Chapter 10 Explaining the Civil War Chapter 11 The New "Struggle in the Press" Chapter 12 From a "Constitutional" to a "Revolutionary" War Chapter 13 A Comradely Disagreement Chapter 14 The Judgement of Modern Scholarship Chapter 15 Revolutionary Practice Chapter 16 Marx and Engels's Contribution Part 17 A Dream Deferred: The Failed "Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America" Chapter 18 Reconstruction Chapter 19 Birth of a New Labor Movement Chapter 20 Marx on Race Chapter 21 Overthrow of Reconstruction Chapter 22 Were Marx and Engels Derelict? Chapter 23 When "Conditions" Become "Ripe"

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