Kevin B. Anderson

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

[Los Angeles] Marx’s Writings on the U.S. Civil War, 150 Years Later: Race, Class, and the Second American Revolution

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Venue: Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists

Speakers: Dyne Suh, student activist/writer on race, class, and resistance and Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Venue: Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists

As the U.S. marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year, some attention has been given to African-American resistance to slavery and to the northern radical Abolitionists. Increasingly, it is admitted, even in the South, that the Confederacy’s supposedly “noble cause” was based upon the defense of slavery. Yet to this day this country continues to deny the race and class dimensions of the war. There is also a denial, sometimes even on the Left, of the war’s revolutionary implications, not only for African-Americans, but also for white labor and for the U.S. economic and political system as a whole. And there is still greater ignorance of the fact that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote extensively on the dialectics of race and class in the American Civil War, and that Marx participated in solidarity actions in support of the North by British and European workers, actions that also criticized Lincoln’s initial opposition to abolition and to the enlistment of African-American soldiers, while calling for the war to be conducted in a revolutionary manner. Marx’s Civil War writings show him as an impassioned opponent of slavery who sought to unite labor across racial lines in a common struggle for democracy and against capital, with many lessons for today.

Future Meeting (Saturday, December 10 at 2 PM, same location):  From Tahrir Square to Wall Street: Analyzing the Revolutionary Year 2011.

Note: Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; free parking in mall lot for the first 3 hours.


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