Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx in Dialogue (Dialogues in by Allan Kulikoff PDF

By Allan Kulikoff

Why placed Abraham Lincoln, the someday company legal professional and American President, in discussion with Karl Marx, the highbrow innovative? at the floor, they'd seem to percentage few pursuits. but, even though Lincoln and Marx by no means met each other, either had an abiding curiosity within the most crucial factor of the nineteenth-century Atlantic world-the situation of work in a capitalist global, person who associated slave hard work within the American south to England's (and continental Europe's) darkish satanic generators. every one sought solutions--Lincoln via a polity that supported loose males, unfastened soil, and loose exertions; Marx via organizing the operating classification to withstand capitalist exploitation.

While either males espoused emancipation for American slaves, right here their agreements ended. Lincoln suggestion that the loose exertions society of the yank North supplied nice possibilities at no cost males lacking from the yankee South, a type of "farm ladder" that gave each guy the power to turn into a landowner. Marx notion such "free land" a chimera and (with info from German-American correspondents), used to be yes that the yankee destiny lay within the proletarianized cities.

Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx in Dialogue intersperses brief decisions from the 2 writers from their voluminous works, beginning with an advent that places the information of the 2 males within the vast context of nineteenth-century suggestion and politics. the quantity excerpts Lincoln's and Marx's perspectives on slavery (they either antagonistic it for various reasons), the Civil warfare (Marx claimed the conflict involved slavery and will have as its objective abolition; Lincoln insisted that his objective used to be simply the defeat of the Confederacy), and the possibilities American unfastened males needed to achieve land and financial independence.

Through this quantity, readers will achieve a less assailable figuring out of nineteenth-century exertions family in the course of the Atlantic global: slavery and loose exertions; the interconnections among slave-made cotton and the exploitation of English proletarians; and the worldwide influence of the yankee Civil War.

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