A Source Book of Karl Marx's Letters About Abraham Lincoln and His Strategic Goal in the Civil War: The Destratification of American Society

A Source Book of Karl Marx's Letters About Abraham Lincoln and His Strategic Goal in the Civil War: The Destratification of American Society

By: Louis J. Gesualdi (author)Hardback

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Karl Marx did not view Lincoln as fighting to quell a rebellion, but to start a revolution to end worker exploitation by abolishing a stratification system that was not in the workers' interest. Even Lincoln's conscription policy during the Civil War, Marx said, was to support the workers. The author cites, in full or part, Marx's various writings (articles and letters, including one Marx wrote to Lincoln and a reply by Ambassador Charles Adams on Lincoln's behalf) in which Marx analyzes Lincoln's actions (e.g., his dismissal of McClellan, The Emancipation Proclamation, conscription), as well as Union (northern) elections and discusses military campaigns. This book demonstrates how Karl Marx's writings (letters, articles, leaflets) on Abraham Lincoln exemplified the perspective of the common worker. Marx welcomed Lincoln's proclamation on the emancipation of African Americans, and he described this proclamation as one of the most important documents in American history. This document, as stated by Marx, brought the American Civil War to a new level of development (that is, to a revolutionary war to end slavery). In addition, Marx interpreted Lincoln's dismissal of General George B. McClellan, a Confederate sympathizer, from his post of Commander-in-Chief of the Union armies as being influenced by social circumstances. Moreover, Marx, in high praise of Lincoln, characterized his leadership of the American Civil War as revolutionary, and described Lincoln as a man of the people ("The single-minded son of the working class"). Lincoln's actions, as shown by Marx, supported and promoted ideas that most advanced the worker's interest.

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Dr. Louis Gesualdi is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Professional Studies, St. John's University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Fordham University.


Foreword/Preface/Acknowledgments/Introduction; Chapter 1: American Affairs; Chapter 2: A Criticism of American Affairs; Chapter 3: Comments on North American Events; Chapter 4: Letter Marx to Engels October 29, 1862; Chapter 5: The Situation in North America; Chapter 6: The Election Results in the Northern States; Chapter 7: The Dismissal of McClellan; Chapter 8: Letter: Marx to Engels in Manchester, September 7, 1864; Chapter 9: Letter: Marx to Lion Philips in Zalt-Bommel, November 29, 1864; Chapter 10: To Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America; Chapter 11: Ambassador Adams on Behalf of Lincoln Replies; Chapter 12: Address from the Working Men's International Association to President Johnson; Chapter 13: The International Workingmen's Association Address to the National Labor Union of the United States; Chapter 14: Summation and Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 31/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781495502682
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 108
  • ID: 9781495502682
  • ISBN10: 1495502686

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