After November 8, 2016, invoking the "white working class" suddenly seemed to explain everything.
How should we think about the relationship between race and class on the left? As Christina Heatherton reminds us in this series of reflections on David Roediger's new book Class, Race, and Marxism the point is not to be right, but to get free.
A classic essay from one of America's pioneering historians of slavery and the US working-class.
This essay was first published in The Year Left Vol. 3: Reshaping the US Left: Popular Struggles in the 1980s, edited by Mike Davis and Michael Sprinker, and published by Verso in 1988. It was later reprinted in Roediger's Towards the Abolition of Whiteness: Essays on Race, Politics, and Working Class History.
Solidarity is a central concept in the left political lexicon, yet, as David Roediger shows in this extract from Class, Race and Marxism, solidarity is anything but simple and easy. See all our race and class reading here.
Includes books on the formation of Asian-American organising, the '60s Chicano movement, feminism and racism, the Black Atlantic, racialised global policing, and much more.