Bill V. Mullen

is Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University. His books include UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution (Temple UP, 2015); W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line (Pluto Press, 2016); andAfro-Orientalism (Minnesota UP, 2004).

Marx, Du Bois, and the Black Underclass: RAM's World Black Revolution

Marx, Du Bois, and the Black Underclass: RAM’s World Black Revolution

“World Black Rev­o­lu­tion” was a crit­i­cal exe­ge­sis, lit­er­al­ly a reimag­in­ing, of the pri­ma­ry tenets of Marx­ist thought dat­ing back to the 1848 pub­li­ca­tion of the Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo. Its authors, mem­bers of a small cadre of trained black rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, sought to demon­strate that every major premise of west­ern Marx­ist his­to­ri­og­ra­phy and Com­mu­nist his­to­ry had failed to address what W.E.B. Du Bois called “the col­or line.” Thus, the World Black Rev­o­lu­tion, ele­vat­ed to the lev­el of a strate­gic con­cept, aspired to define Black Pow­er as an epochal stage and inter­pre­ta­tion of world his­to­ry, a new hermeneu­tic for a revised his­tor­i­cal total­i­ty.