Marxist influences in the United States prior to 1900

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Ella May McNeill (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Marxian socialism was introduced to America in the 1850*s by German political refugees, among whom were Joseph Weydemeyer, Wilhelm Weitling, Friedrich Sorge, and Victor Berger. Early socialist organizations in America were ineffective and beset with inner struggles. During the depression of 1873-75 which brought many Americans into poverty, communist propaganda began to find a response. Indifference on the part of wealthy classes to the plight of the unemployed and homeless masses, and government patronage of big business, combined to make the situation seem hopeless. The seriousness became evident during the riots of 1877 when hordes of unemployed pillaged and terrorized in many cities for days. Socialist agitation was commonly blamed for the riots.

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Language: English
Date: 1966
Socialism $z United States $x History $y 1865-1898
United States $x Intellectual life $y 1865-1918

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