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

Monday, October 10th, 2011 6:30 PM

Loyola University Chicago,
Water Tower Campus
26 E Pearson, Room 303-304
(1 block N of Chicago Ave; ½ block E of State St.)

Monday, October 10th, 2011 6:30 PM

Loyola University Chicago,
Water Tower Campus
26 E Pearson, Room 303-304
(1 block N of Chicago Ave; ½ block E of State St.)

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

Sponsored by Loyola University Department of Sociology and Department of Philosophy

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.