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

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

Language: English

Pages: 314

ISBN: 0739106783

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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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