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Marxist works on the American Civil War (PDFs inside)

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by Ismail, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Ismail

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    Myself and others I know scan old books and pamphlets that are either no longer copyrighted or have the permission of the author and/or publisher. Some of these are relevant to the Civil War, so I figure I'd make this thread.

    * The American Civil War (a brief survey of the origins and character of the conflict)
    * Joseph Weydemeyer: Pioneer of American Socialism (bio of the first American Marxist, a Union Army Colonel during the Civil War)
    * To Be Free: Studies in American Negro History
    * British Labor and the American Civil War
    * Morale Education in the American Army: War for Independence, War of 1812, Civil War
    * William H. Sylvis and the National Labor Union (the foremost labor leader of the Civil War and post-war period)
    * The Jews in American History: 1654-1865
    * Mary Brown: From Harper's Ferry to California
    * Blacks in United States History (contains a chapter on the Civil War and Reconstruction)
    * The Unfolding Drama: Studies in U.S. History (contains chapters on John Brown, the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as "The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery" and "Class Conflict in the South: 1850-1860")
    * Lincoln's Third Party (on the origins of the Republican Party)
    * Thaddeus Stevens
    * War Elections: 1862-1864
    * Lincoln, Labor and Slavery
    * Marx and Engels on the United States (contains some of their material on the Civil War)

    For a wider list of Marxist works on American history in general see: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=202462.0
     
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  3. AndyHall

    AndyHall Colonel Forum Host

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    That's an interesting list, but is it correct to refer to those works as "Marxist?" It looks more like they deal with left-ish related subjects and people, rather than put forward a specific political ideology.
     
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  4. Ismail

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    All the authors self-identified as Marxists and most of these works give an obviously Marxist interpretation of their subjects.

    The relatively "non-ideological" works still indicate Marxist influence, e.g. in Lincoln's Third Party the author writes, "Most clear-sighted of all the German-Americans was Joseph Weydemeyer, friend and co-worker of Karl Marx. . . The Communist clubs were vigorous in their struggle against slavery, and although small in numbers were useful in explaining to the workers the economic and political foundation of the pro-slavery and anti-slavery movements, and in showing the effects of slavery on free labor. Lincoln election meetings held by German Republican clubs and trade unions heard many members of the Communist clubs."
     
  5. damYankee

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    So, emancipation was a communist plot!
    Them dastardly communists freed the slaves and put an end to something........

    The ultimate lost cause argument....and as redicules as the rest.
    :sabre:
     
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    Gen. August Willich

     
  7. Ismail

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    Something I wrote a while back elsewhere. I figure it's worth posting here.
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    The labor historian Philip S. Foner on the first Marxist group in the USA, founded in 1857:

    Besides mere advocacy and campaigning, Joseph Weydemeyer and Adolph Douai had a more direct influence. A conference was held at the Deutsches Haus in Chicago in May 1860. This was a meeting of German-American representatives from around the country who hoped to influence the proceedings of the Republican National Convention which would be held days later in the same city. Both men attended the conference and Douai was one of two participants tasked with preparing resolutions to be presented to the Convention on behalf of German-Americans. The proceedings of the conference worried the Convention's organizers, who feared the Republicans losing the large German-American vote in various states. As a result the conference had an important (some say decisive) impact on the Convention's decision to nominate Lincoln as the Republican Presidential candidate owing to his strong ties to that community.

    Sources:

    * Philip S. Foner, "Friedrich Adolph Sorge: 'Father of Modern Socialism in America'" in Friedrich A. Sorge's Labor Movement in the United States: A History of the American Working Class from Colonial Times to 1890, 1977, pp. 6-7.

    * V.J. Jerome, "Forerunners" in The Communist, September 1939, pp. 838-840.

    * Karl Obermann, Joseph Weydemeyer: Pioneer of American Socialism, 1947, p. 107.
     
  8. Pat Young

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    Willich was a communist, but also an anti-Marxist. It might be an interesting thesis topic for a grad student to study the rivalry between the two men.
     
  9. Ismail

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    A Civil War veteran writing to Lenin (this being contained in a footnote on page 644 of On the United States of America, a compilation of Lenin's writings):
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    To Premier Nicklay Lennin.
    Dear Sir: Enclosed find copy of my United States patent for Plant Protector, which, along with my compliments, permit me to present to you and your people, in testimony of the warm sympathy and gratitude I feel for your people who came to our relief with their fleet of warships during our civil war from 1861 to 1865, which so surprised the British fleet, which had anchored in New York harbor to shell New York City, that they hoisted their anchors and faded away. The great masses of America have not forgotten this. I'm a veteran of the Civil War and was left on the field for dead; recovered and a prisoner for nine months. I'm in my 81st year of age, and know what war is. With the present of my Plant Protector I also extend to you the right to give to your people who may be living, at present, outside of your jurisdiction the benefit of my Protector at your discretion, free. All I wish in return, is that it may benefit your people, and that you acknowledge the receipt of it and send me your photograph. . . . With kindest wishes for the realisation of your most ardent hopes for yourself and people, I remain your sincere friend.

    Robert B. Frye.
    2731 Orman Avenue,
    Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.
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    For anyone curious as to additional info on Frye:

    * http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73472899
    * http://www.chartiers.com/beers-project/articles/frye-502.html
     
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    Since they were jewish it would be a jewish plot. I'm just kidding. Communism orthodox christians.
     
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  11. Ismail

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    Added British Labor and the American Civil War to the first post.
     
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    nicklay?

    vladimir ilyich ulyanow 'lenin' - who is nikolai lenin?
     
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    Well that's not right. That's like saying hitler was jewish. then that would be a war between jewish sects. like the wars between muslims based on sects. thats just silly.
     
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    actually, there was some big discussions about that - there was even an ss-investigation
     
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    Be careful, you might get banned.
     
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    i don't think so - worst that can happen to me is getting co-axed; actually happened to me a couple of days ago. gimme a sec, i'll remember the name of that guy got me dragged into it
     
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    Added Thaddeus Stevens, which is a CPUSA pamphlet originally published in 1942 on the life and work of... Thaddeus Stevens.
     
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    Added The Unfolding Drama to the first post with its chapters on John Brown, the Emancipation Proclamation, "The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery" and "Class Conflict in the South: 1850-1860."
     
  19. matthew mckeon

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    Are you arguing that a pamphlet written by the Communist Party in the 1940s somehow makes Stevens a comsymp? Is your full name Ismail McCarthy?
     
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  20. Ismail

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    No, I'm simply saying that someone I know has scanned a Marxist interpretation of Stevens' life.

    That's the purpose of this thread, to provide accounts of the Civil War and related subjects from a Marxist perspective. Red-baiting is the last thing I'd intend to do.
     
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  21. Arioch

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    My understanding is his full, real name was: Nicolai Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov...Known as 'Lenin'....

    (I don't want to sound like I'm hijacking a thread so I'll combine it with another 'thunk')

    I've read that 'Marx / Engels' commentary on the ACW...Marx was remarkably astute and shrewd...Engels was the arm chair military historian / strategist...The work is a compendium of the letters between the 2...running commentary on events AND the US media reactions and opinions....(they're fools)

    I read it, the first time, right after I had finished Shelby Foote's series...that was interesting...
     

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