This month sees the UK cinema release of Steve McQueen’s brilliant and brutal new film, 12 Years a Slave. McQueen has been vocal in condemning cinema’s wariness in confronting the subjects of slavery and race, and his film has galvanized a new interest in the unspeakably ugly period in American history.
Based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 documentary, 12 Years a Slave takes an unflinching look at the story of a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery.
Verso has long held a commitment to telling similar stories, and we now present a selection of books as the essential starting point for those looking to learn more about the roots, events and legacies of slavery and racial tensions in America and the world.
The tenth annual Historical Materialism conference began today. This year’s conference title is ‘Making the World Working Class’. The conference schedule includes a plethora of different papers, with a wide array of different thinkers speaking on everything from recent activism to critical theory to Marxist feminism to the relations between race and capital. Many of the most interesting and essential recent research projects and trends in Marxist and radical theory will be represented and discussed.