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Questioning Capitalism Reading Schedule (tentative)

June 20th (4 readings, 55pp)

Angela Y. Davis, “From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison: Frederick Douglass and the Convict Lease System,” Angela Y. Davis Reader (New York: Blackwell Publishing, 1998), 74 – 95.

Eric Williams, Capitalism & Slavery

Preface and Chap 1: The Origin of Negro Slavery (3 – 29)

Chap 7: The Development of British Capitalism, 1783 – 1833 (126 – 134).

June 27th (8 readings, 59pp)

“Constitution of the Lowell Factory Girls Association” (1836). Available online at http://library.uml.edu/clh/all/doc01.htm

Thomas Dublin, “Women, Work, and Protest in the Early Lowell Mills: 'The Oppressing Hand of Avarice Would Have Us',” Labor History 16 (1976), pp. 99-116. (Online version available at: http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/whole_cloth/u2ei/u2materials/dublin.html

Clara Zetkin, “Social-Democracy and Women’s Suffrage,” (1906) (22pp) http://www.marxists.org/archive/zetkin/1906/xx/womansuffrage.htm



Angela Y. Davis, “Foreword,” in Selected Writings of Clara Zetkin (9 – 16).

Clara Zetkin, Selected Writings of Clara Zetkin

“Women’s Work and the Trade Unions,” (51 – 59)

“What the Women Owe to Karl Marx,” (93 – 97)

“To the Socialist Women of All Countries,” (114 – 116)

July 4th (NO COURSE?)

July 11th (3 readings, 100pp)

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

Chapter 11: “Robber Barons and Rebels,” (253 – 296)

Chapter 12: “The Empire and the People,” (297 – 320)

Chapter 13: “The Socialist Challenge,” (321 – 358)

July 18th (2 readings, 58pp)

Alice Kessler-Harris, Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States.

Chapter 2: “From Household Manufacturers to Wage Work,” (20 – 44)

Chapter 7: “Protective Labor Legislation,” (180 – 214)



July 25th (2 readings, 50pp)

 Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism (1983).

Chapter 7: “The Political Crisis of Social History: Class Struggle as Subject and Object,” 179 – 212.

Chapter 9: “Yeomen Farmers in a Slaveholders’ Democracy,” 249 – 266.

August 1st

Dorothy Day, “Distributism vs. Capitalism,” The Catholic Worker, October 1954, 1-6. http://www.catholicworker.org/dorothyday/daytext.cfm?TextID=175

Nicos Poulantzas, “The Problem of the Capitalist State,” New Left Review (1969) PDF: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/SOC621/ProblemOfTheCapitalistState.pdf

Sean Wilentz, “Against Exceptionalism: Class Consciousness and the American Labor Movement, 1790-1920,” International Labor and Working Class History Vol. 26 (1984), pp. 1-24.



August 8th (7 readings, 49 pp)

Malcolm X, February 1965: The Final Speeches, “The Oppressed Masses of the World Cry Out for Action Against the Common Oppressor,” 46 – 64.

Huey Newton, The Huey Newton Reader.

“The Founding of the Black Panther Party,” 49 – 52

“On the Peace Movement: August 15th, 1969,” 150 – 153.

“The Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements: August 15th, 1970,” 157 – 159.

“Black Capitalism Re-analyzed I: June 5th, 1971, “ 227 – 233.

“Uniting Against a Common Enemy: October 23rd, 1971,” 234 – 240.

“On Pan-Africanism or Communism: December 1st, 1972,” 248 – 255.

August 8th (15pp

Angela Y. Davis and Fania Davis, “Slaying the Dream: The Black Family and the Crisis of Capitalism,” Women, Culture, and Politics (New York: Vintage, 1990), 73 – 90.



August 15th (

J.K. Gibson-Graham, The End of Capitalism : A Feminist Critique of Capitalist Economy

Introduction: “A Politics of Economic Possibility,” xix – xxxvi

Chapter 1: “Affects and Emotions For a Postcapitalist Politics,” 1 – 21.

Chapter 2: “Reluctant Subjects: Subjection and Becoming,” 23 – 51.

August 22nd

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Stephen Hartnett, “Prison Labor, Slavery, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective,” on History is a Weapon: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/hisprislacap.html

August 29th

Chris Hedges? Hardt and Negri? More Alexander?





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