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The Yankee International: Marxism and the American Reform Tradition, 1848-1876 / Edition 1

The Yankee International: Marxism and the American Reform Tradition, 1848-1876 / Edition 1

by Timothy Messer-Kruse


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ISBN-13: 9780807847053
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 06/08/1998
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Timothy Messer-Kruse is assistant professor of labor history at the University of Toledo.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The American Reform Tradition
Chapter 2. Marx and the Republican Tradition of the First International
Chapter 3. The New Democracy
Chapter 4. The Rise of the Yankee International
Chapter 5. Marxism, Civil Rights, and the Sources of Division in the American International
Chapter 6. The Marxist Coup and the Splitting of the American International
Chapter 7. Race and Class in the Two Internationals
Chapter 8. The International, the Working Class, and the Trade Unions
Epilogue. The Legacy of the Yankee International


Caroline Burnham Kilgore
Col. Richard Josiah Hinton
Victor Drury
Cyrenus Osborne Ward
Joshua King Ingalls
Poster announcing a mass meeting called by Section 26 of Philadelphia
Thomas Phillips
Meeting of the IWA Central Committee in New York City
New York City IWA parade
A formal ball of the Skidmore Guards, 1872

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An absorbing, well-researched study. . . . Should bring renewed attention to a crucial moment in the history of the American Left and inspire fresh thinking about the sources and potential for social change in our own time.—New England Quarterly

Messer-Kruse's work is an entertaining examination of the events, circumstances, and personalities that led to the formation, organization, and disintegration of the American branch of Karl Marx's International Workingmen's Association.—Choice

An important and timely contribution to the growing literature on nineteenth century American radicalism. . . . Messer-Kruse does a superb job recapturing the radicalism of the American activists about whom he writes. . . . Messer Kruse's book is a welcome advance by the New Labor History onto a terrain long held without real challenge by other old-fashioned Marxist scholars.—Labour History Review

This fresh and provocative study of the First International's suppressed American branch shows that the idealism of antebellum reformers remained vital to the Gilded Age labor movement. Messer-Kruse's reappraisal of 'Yankee socialism' not only scores points against Marxist orthodoxy; it may well lead scholars to reconfigure the history of the American Left.—Carl J. Guarneri, author of The Utopian Alternative

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