[Book Talk] The Conspiracy of Capital: Popular Radicalism and the Politics of Conspiracy from Haymarket to the Red Scare

Reading - Nonfiction | September 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Michael Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley American Studies Department

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, American Studies

Join us for a conversation with author Michael Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley associate teaching professor in the American Studies Department.

Between the 1880s and 1920s, a broad coalition of American dissidents, which included rabble-rousing cartoonists, civil liberties lawyers, socialist detectives, union organizers, and revolutionary martyrs, forged a culture of popular radicalism that directly challenged an emergent corporate capitalism. Monopoly capitalists and their allies in govern­ment responded by expanding conspiracy laws and promoting conspiracy theories in an effort to destroy this anti-capitalist movement. The result was an escalating class conflict in which each side came to view the other as a criminal conspiracy.

In this detailed cultural history, Michael Mark Cohen argues that a legal, ideological, and representational politics of conspiracy contributed to the formation of a genuinely revolutionary mass culture in the United States, starting with the 1886 Haymarket bombing. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, The Conspiracy of Capital offers a new history of American radicalism and the alliance between the modern business corporation and national security state through a comprehensive reassessment of the role of conspiracy laws and conspiracy theories in American social movements.

This event is free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UC Berkeley American Studies Department

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 Karla Gutierrez, UC BERKLEY LABOR CENTER, 2521 CHANNING WAY, BERKELEY, CA 94720, k.gutierrez@berkeley.edu