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International Youth and Students for Social Equality pres.

Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

Lecture One: The American Revolution and its place in world history

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Speaker: Thomas Mackaman
Assistant Professor of History, Kings College; and writer for the World Socialist Web Site

Co-author of the recent pamphlet "The New York Times' 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of US and world history" published on the World Socialist Web Site

Author of the book New Immigrants and the Radicalization of American Labor, 1914-1924



The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the US and its youth and student movement, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), is holding a three-part series of meetings on “Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America.”

This series is the socialist answer to the New York Times “1619 Project,” which has been accompanied by an unprecedented publicity blitz, including at schools and campuses throughout the country. The occasion they cite for the publication of this project is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 African slaves at Port Comfort, Virginia.

The Times project raises the question: Is race the driving force of history, as the Times insists? Or, as Karl Marx analyzed, is it class? Is “anti-black racism … in the very DNA of this country” as the Times writes? Or is the history of the United States fundamentally the history of class struggle? As social inequality reaches record levels, is America heading toward race war or socialist revolution?

The promotion of the 1619 Project takes place under conditions of expanding class struggle internationally and a growing interest in socialism among workers and youth in the United States. Its aim is to block the development of a united movement of workers across all races by cultivating racial divisions.

These meetings will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the 1619 Project, explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.
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