[Marxism] Fwd: How Karl Marx Helped Shape the Republican Party

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 25 06:49:18 MST 2015

Because of his journalistic prominence during the uprisings of 1848, 
Charles Anderson Dana, the editor of the powerful Republican newspaper, 
the New York Tribune, hired Marx to be its chief foreign correspondent. 
After the uprisings of 1848 were crushed, many of the most militant 
Germans prudently left the country. Many settled in Texas (a place that 
Marx considered moving to), Oklahoma and Ohio. The 48-ers, many of whom 
were followers of Marx, became very active in the Republican Party. 
Senator Carl Schurz, an acquaintance of Marx, became a powerful senator 
from Missouri, as well as Secretary of the Interior. The 48-ers 
sometimes get credit for having been the major force that tipped the 
nomination of the party’s presidential candidate to Abraham Lincoln. 
Mark Lause’s book, A Secret Society History of the Civil War, makes a 
powerful case for their contribution.


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