Join us for an engaging political discussion on W.E.B. Du Bois’ masterpiece, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880. Led by Leilani Dowell, Managing Editor for Workers World Newspaper and WWP organizer.
In 1935 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois published Black Reconstruction, a sweeping analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Using a Marxist analysis, his work responded to a trend in historical analysis that, at best, completely ignored the role of enslaved and free Black people in the two events, or, at worst, framed them in racist stereotypes. On the contrary, Du Bois asserted, the outcome of the Civil War was entirely dependent on the role of Black people in it. Further, the demise of Reconstruction was the counterrevolutionary destruction of a move towards a labor dictatorship in the U.S.
We will discuss:
· Du Bois’s Marxist analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period
· Why and how Du Bois – the leading Black intellectual of his time – turned to Marxism
· The centrality of the Black liberation struggle to all other struggles – then and now
This event will take place on February 26th from 3pm to 5pm at the Harriett Tubman Solidarity Center located at 2011 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218