Karl Marx and the Cycles of American Capitalism

Illinois State University Professor of History Andrew Hartman is currently at work on his third book, "Karl Marx in America". According to Hartman, to read and think about Karl Marx is to grapple with the modern world that capitalism has made. 

This includes modern America—especially modern America. Because the United States is the nation in world history most committed to capitalism, and because Marx is the world’s most enduring theorist of capitalism, Marx is a veritable American alter ego, says Hartman.


This talk is based on Hartman’s current book project, which is an investigation into the meaning of Americans reading and thinking about Marx from 1861, when Marx made waves across the Atlantic with his astute analysis of the Civil War, to the present, when Marx is on many American horizons yet again. The talk will highlight some of the specific historical case studies of Marx in America.

The event is open to all, no registration required. Light refreshments.


About the author

Andrew Hartman is the author of "Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School,” "A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars,” and editor of "American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times." Hartman is the winner of two Fulbright Awards. He was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year, and he is the Fulbright British Library Eccles Center Research Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. He co-hosts a podcast: Trotsky and the Wild Orchids.

The event is supported by U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange.

Published Mar. 6, 2019 11:27 AM - Last modified June 24, 2019 10:24 AM