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Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The ‘Absolute Democracy’ or ‘Defiled Republic’

Human Science


by
August H., Jr. Nimtz

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Format: EPUB

Page count: 314 pages

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Protection: DRM

Language: English

While Alexis de Tocqueville described America as the ‘absolute democracy,’ Karl Marx saw the nation as a ‘defiled republic’ so long as it permitted the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, unlike Tocqueville, not only recognized that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression were central to democracy’s realization but was willing to act on these convictions. This potent and insightful investigation into the approaches of two major thinkers provides fresh insight into past and present debates about race and democracy in America.

While Alexis de Tocqueville described America as the ‘absolute democracy,’ Karl Marx saw the nation as a ‘defiled republic’ so long as it permitted the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, unlike Tocqueville, not only recognized that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression were central to democracy’s realization but was willing to act on these convictions. This potent and insightful investigation into the approaches of… (more)

While Alexis de Tocqueville described America as the ‘absolute democracy,’ Karl Marx saw the nation as a ‘defiled republic’ so long as it permitted the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, unlike Tocqueville, not only recognized that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression were central to democracy’s realization but was willing to act on these convictions. This potent and insightful investigation into the approaches of two major thinkers provides fresh insight into past and present debates about race and democracy in America.

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