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Long Road to Harpers Ferry: The Rise of the First American Left - People's History (Hardback)
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Long Road to Harpers Ferry: The Rise of the First American Left - People's History (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 20/09/2018
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This is the first comprehensive history of pre-Civil War American radicalism, mapping the journeys of the land reformers, Jacksonian radicals and militant abolitionists on the long road to the failed slave revolt of Harpers Ferry in 1859.

This book contains new and fascinating insights into the cast of characters who created a homegrown American socialist movement through the nineteenth century - from Thomas Paine's revolution to Robert Owen's utopianism, from James Macune Smith, the black founder of organised socialism in the US, to Susan B. Anthony, the often overlooked women's rights activist. It also considers the persistent pre-capitalist model of the Native American.

Long Road to Harpers Ferry captures the spirit of the times, showing how class solidarity and consciousness became more important to a generation of workers than notions of American citizenship. This is a story that's been hidden from official histories, which must be remembered if we are to harness the latent power of socialism in the United States today.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745337609
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 215 x 135 mm


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'By unearthing hidden history, Mark Lause describes the class struggle and working-class radicalism embedded within the American revolution. These working-class radicals also fought for the abolition of slavery, indigenous rights and women's equality. This is a must read!' -- Sharon Smith, author of 'Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States'
'A welcome antidote to the official myth of a country built by rugged, gun-toting individualists, Long Road to Harpers Ferry tells the story of collective resistance against slavery and exploitation in the early US. People's history at its best, Mark Lause's fine book brings this other America to life on its pages' -- Francis King, editor, 'Socialist History'
'In this immensely original and important book, Mark Lause brilliantly reconceptualizes the road to Harpers Ferry by recovering the anti-capitalist and anti-racist agendas of the black and white abolitionists who organized and launched the raid, establishing the "First American Left' -- John Stauffer, Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard, and winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

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