Marx in Texas: CAPITAL, Slavery, and the Revolutionary 1860s
This is a Faculty Membership talk. Karl Marx followed the progress of the American Civil War closely and wrote about it extensively in his dispatches for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune and the Viennese newspaper Die Presse. Too few have recognized, however, that the war and Marx’s dispatches not only coincide with but also enter quite broadly into the composition and text of Das Kapital, published not long after the war’s conclusion, in 1867. Lott will raise the specter of an American Marx, for U.S. conceptions of labor (slave and free), politics, and territory suffuse Marx’s complex figurations of wage work, capitalism, modes of production, and revolution itself. America’s revolutionary 1860s may be fundamental to the plot of Marx’s great Victorian masterwork.