Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780745337593 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337609 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Long Road to Harpers Ferry

The Rise of the First American Left

Mark A. Lause

Long Road to Harpers Ferry

Mark A. Lause

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780745337593 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337609 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
This is the first comprehensive history of pre–Civil War American radicalism, mapping the journeys of the land reformers, Jacksonian radicals, and militant abolitionists who paved the way to the failed slave revolt at Harpers Ferry in 1859.
            Offering new and fascinating insights into the cast of characters who created a homegrown socialist movement in America—from Thomas Paine’s revolution to Robert Owen’s utopianism, and from Thomas Skidmore’s agrarianism to George Henry Evans’s industrial workers’ reforms—Long Road to Harpers Ferry captures the spirit of the times. Showing how class solidarity and consciousness became more important to a generation of workers than notions of American citizenship, the book offers a fascinating historical background to help us understand the rise of radicalism in the United States today.
Review Quotes
Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
“By unearthing hidden history, Mark Lause describes the class struggle and working-class radicalism embedded within the American revolution. These working-class radicals also fought for the abolition of slavery, indigenous rights and women's equality. This is a must read!”
Francis King, editor, Socialist History

“A welcome antidote to the official myth of a country built by rugged, gun-toting individualists, Long Road to Harpers Ferry tells the story of collective resistance against slavery and exploitation in the early US. People's history at its best, Mark Lause's fine book brings this other America to life on its pages.”

John Stauffer, Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

“In this immensely original and important book, Mark Lause brilliantly reconceptualizes the road to Harpers Ferry by recovering the anti-capitalist and anti-racist agendas of the black and white abolitionists who organized and launched the raid, establishing the ‘First American Left'.”

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