The Yankee International: Marxism and the American Reform by Timothy Messer-Kruse

By Timothy Messer-Kruse

analyzing the social and highbrow collision of the American
reform culture with immigrant Marxism through the Reconstruction
era, Timothy Messer-Kruse charts the increase and fall of the
International Workingman's organization (IWA), the first
international socialist association. He analyzes what attracted
American reformers--many of them veterans of antebellum crusades for abolition, women's rights, and different radical causes--to the IWA, how their presence affected the process the yankee Left, and why they have been finally purged from the IWA via their orthodox Marxist comrades.
Messer-Kruse explores the ideology and actions of the
Yankee Internationalists, tracing the evolution of antebellum
American reformers' pondering at the query of salary hard work and
illuminating the beginnings of a large hard work reform coalition in
the early years of Reconstruction. He indicates how American
reformers' precedence of racial and sexual equality clashed with
their Marxist companions' technique of infiltrating alternate unions.
Ultimately, he argues, Marxist calls for for get together self-discipline and
ideological cohesion proved incompatible with the Yankees' native
republicanism. With the expulsion of yank reformers from the
IWA in 1871, American Marxism used to be divorced from the American
reform tradition.

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