Marxism and America

New appraisals

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Christopher Phelps
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In Marxism and America: New appraisals, an accomplished group of scholars reconsiders the relationship of the history, political culture, and political economy of the United States to the theoretical tradition derived from Karl Marx. A dozen essays (an introduction and eleven chapters) offer fresh considerations arcing from the nineteenth century, when Marx wrote for American newspapers, to the present, when a millennial socialism has emerged inspired by the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Contributors take up topics ranging from memory of the Civil War to feminist debates over sexuality and pornography. Along the way, they clarify the relationship of race and democracy, the promise and perils of the American political tradition, and the prospects for class politics in the twenty-first century. Marxism and America sheds new light on old questions, helping to explain why socialism has been so difficult to establish in the United States even as it has exerted a notable influence in American thought.

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Introduction
Introduction
Chapter 1: The blue and the gray and the red
Chapter 1: The blue and the gray and the red
Chapter 2: “What is the correct revolutionary proletarian attitude toward sex?”
Chapter 2: “What is the correct revolutionary proletarian attitude toward sex?”
Chapter 3: Marxism and Americanism
Chapter 3: Marxism and Americanism
Chapter 4: Women, the family, and sexuality in U.S. Communist Party publications
Chapter 4: Women, the family, and sexuality in U.S. Communist Party publications
Chapter 5: Rethinking Karl Marx
Chapter 5: Rethinking Karl Marx
Chapter 6: Black Marxism off the color line
Chapter 6: Black Marxism off the color line
Chapter 7: “Not picketing in front of bra factories”
Chapter 7: “Not picketing in front of bra factories”
Chapter 8: A people’s history of Howard Zinn
Chapter 8: A people’s history of Howard Zinn
Chapter 9: Class, commodity, consumption
Chapter 9: Class, commodity, consumption
Chapter 10: Will the revolution be podcast?
Chapter 10: Will the revolution be podcast?
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