The Newberry Seminar in Early American History, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University present:
Allan Kullikoff, Northern Illinois University
"The Death and Rebirth of Class Analysis in Early American History"
Newberry Library, May 24, 2001, 3:30-5:30 pm
Americans love to deny that we have classes, much less class struggles that pit antagonistic classes against each other, and our historians have led the chorus of denial. We have inequality, racial and sexual oppresion, wealth and poverty -- but not class. Even as early American historians have recovered the histories of slaves, Indians, free women, and farmers, they have ignored or denied the class demensions of colonial and Revolutionary life. Recently, a small group of early Americanists have recovered class analysis. This essay, part of a larger attempt to redefine colonial history, defines class (in Marxist theory), explains the reasons for the death of class analysis, and analyzes its rebirth.
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Copies of Allan Kulikoff's most recent book From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers (Univ of Va. Press, 2000) will be available in the Newberrry Library Bookstore.
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