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Ragged Revolutionaries: The Lumpenproletariat and African American Marxism in Depression-Era Literature

Nathaniel Mills

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ISBN 10: 1625342799 / ISBN 13: 9781625342799
Published by University of Massachusetts Press, 2017
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Title: Ragged Revolutionaries: The ...

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Publication Date: 2017

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The lumpenproletariat was an overlooked, mode of African American Marxism formed during the Great Depression by black writers on the Communist left. Analyzing multiple works from the period, Mills shows how Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Margaret Walker used the lumpenproletariat to imagine new forms of revolutionary knowledge and agency.


"Mills's focus on the lumpenproletariat is timely, as it intersects with and helps to inform scholarship on a number of emergent topics in American cultural studies. The recuperation of unpublished manuscripts by Ellison and Walker- used to form a significant part of the author's argument- is also a significant contribution in and of itself." - Christopher vials, author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States "Mills writes with a rare combination of force and economy. A reader of Ragged Revolutionaries never loses the thread of the argument. Mills's attention to the current scholarly discourse is matched by his careful work in the literary archives and his original readings of Wright, Ellison, and Walker. This is, in many ways, model scholarship." - Adam Bradley, author of Ralph Ellison in Progress

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