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The Conspiracy of Capital Law, Violence, and American Popular Radicalism in the Age of Monopoly

by Michael Mark Cohen

The Conspiracy of Capital Law, Violence, and American Popular Radicalism in the Age of Monopoly Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781625344014
Publication date: 30th July 2019
Author: Michael Mark Cohen
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Social classes, History, History of the Americas,

About Michael Mark Cohen

Michael Mark Cohen is associate teaching professor in American studies and African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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