Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Race, Class and Slavery: Marx’s Civil War Writings, 150 Years Later

Date: Sunday September 18th, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location
: Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Speaker: Kevin Anderson

Date: Sunday September 18th, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location
: Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Marx’s Civil War writings show an incomparable grasp of the dialectics of race and class that still speaks to us today. In these writings, which included journalism, letters, and passages in Capital, he took up several issues, among them:

  1. how the revolutionary subjectivity of African-Americans was a driving force in American society;
  2. how racism had held back the development of a labor movement in the industrial North;
  3. how race had distorted the consciousness of the poor whites of the South;
  4. how slavery and capitalism were intertwined;
  5. how the struggle against slavery and racism in America was a global cause for labor.

Kevin Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the author of the recently published Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies.