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

By Allan Kulikoff

Why placed Abraham Lincoln, the someday company attorney and American President, in discussion with Karl Marx, the highbrow progressive? at the floor, they might seem to proportion few pursuits. but, although 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 of work in a capitalist international, person who associated slave hard work within the American south to England's (and continental Europe's) darkish satanic turbines. each one sought solutions--Lincoln via a polity that supported loose males, unfastened soil, and loose hard work; Marx by way of 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 hard work society of the yank North supplied nice possibilities at no cost males lacking from the yank South, one of those "farm ladder" that gave each guy the facility to turn into a landowner. Marx inspiration such "free land" a chimera and (with details from German-American correspondents), used to be yes that the yank destiny lay within the proletarianized cities.

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

Through this quantity, readers will achieve a less attackable knowing of nineteenth-century hard work relatives through the Atlantic international: slavery and loose exertions; the interconnections among slave-made cotton and the exploitation of English proletarians; and the worldwide impression of the yank Civil War.

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