From the Rhine to the Mississippi: Property, Democracy, and Socialism in the American Civil War

TitleFrom the Rhine to the Mississippi: Property, Democracy, and Socialism in the American Civil War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsZimmerman, Andrew
JournalJournal of the Civil War
Volume5
Issue1
Start Page3
Pagination3-37
Date Published03/2015
Abstract

The struggle against slavery during the American Civil War was, among other things, a struggle of democracy against the despotism of private property. This struggle incorporated many radical traditions, including varieties European socialism. Focusing on the Civil War in Missouri and Arkansas, this article shows how European socialist revolutionaries worked with enslaved African American workers to create forms of emancipation that were necessary to the Union victory, even if too radical for most top Union commanders. (Publisher)

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