Keywords: slavery, reparations, industrialization, Marxism, proletariat, bourgeoisie
- Week 4 Discussion Prompt: Slavery and Labor Power (74)
Part 1: Chapter 4 of Origins of the Modern World gives an historical account of European industrialization. In what ways were colonialism and slavery central to these processes of industrialization? How can we connect this history to the articles by Coates and Wiencek?
Part 2: In this opening section of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels also give an account of industrialization. What do they mean by “bourgeoisie” and “proletariat” and how are these concepts central to their description of industrialization?
- Robert B. Marks, The Origins of the Modern World, Ch. 4
- Henry Wiencek, “The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson”
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations”
- Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, Chapter 1: The Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat
- 15 Major Corporations You Never Knew Profited From Slavery
- Karl Marx, Capital, vol. I, Chapter 1, Section 1: The Two Factors of a Commodity
- Karl Marx, Capital, vol. I, Chapter 6: The Buying and Selling of Labour-Power
- The End of Capitalism
- Eric Hobsbawm, “The Industrial Revolution”
- Reading Marx’s Capital, with Dr. David Harvey