12/6: Book Event: The Civil War in the United States; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
December 6, 2016
6 -8 pm
Sociology Lounge, Room 6112
Andrew Zimmerman will discuss his new edition of the writings of Marx and Engels on the American Civil War, emphasizing the importance of these writings for thinking about race, class, and revolution today. The American Civil War so profoundly shaped Marx and Engels’s understanding of social revolution and international politics that it marks a watershed in the history of communism as much as it does in the history of the United States. A complete revision of the 1937 edition of the Civil War writings of Marx and Engels, the book incorporates new texts by Marx and Engels, as well as by US authors, including Communist Union Army officer Joseph Weydemeyer and African American scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois. The first edition of the book itself is also a landmark in the history of anti-communist repression in the United States: its editor, Herbert Morais (publishing under the pseudonym Richard Enmale), was fired from Brooklyn College in part for producing that edition.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, CUNY. It is free and open to the public.