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A Letter to American Workingmen   By: (1870-1924)

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A Letter to American Workingmen by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is a thought-provoking and powerful piece of literature. Whether one agrees with Lenin's ideology or not, there is no denying the impact and significance of his ideas on the working class.

In this short but impactful letter, Lenin addresses the American workingmen directly, appealing to their sense of class solidarity and urging them to unite against the capitalist system. His communication is straightforward, yet laced with passion and concern for the welfare of the working class.

Lenin presents a critical analysis of the capitalist society, highlighting its inherent contradictions and the exploitation of the proletariat. He argues that the laborers must embrace their class consciousness, understanding that their interests cannot be aligned with the capitalist class. Furthermore, he discusses the importance of historical materialism as an analytical tool, urging the working class to recognize their position in the broader struggle for social change.

One of the most striking aspects of the letter is Lenin's ability to connect with the American working class. Through his words, he demonstrates a deep understanding of their struggles and aspirations, making the letter relatable and compelling. He emphasizes the universal nature of the working class struggle, uniting workers across different nations in their common pursuit of a more just society.

However, while Lenin's arguments are compelling, readers may find themselves grappling with the timeliness and relevance of his ideas in today's context. The world has changed significantly since the time this letter was written, and the nature of capitalism has evolved. This may raise questions about the practicality and applicability of Lenin's proposed solutions in contemporary society.

Overall, A Letter to American Workingmen is a must-read for those interested in political theory, history, and the ongoing struggle for workers' rights. Lenin's impassioned plea for class unity and social change resonates with readers, forcing them to contemplate the fundamental principles that underpin our economic and social systems. Despite its age, this letter serves as a reminder that the fight for equality and justice is an ongoing one, requiring constant vigilance and collective action.

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From the Socialist Soviet Republic of Russia



December, 1918

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A Letter to American Workingmen

By N. Lenin.

Moscow, August 20, 1918.

Comrades: A Russian Bolshevik who participated in the Revolution of 1905 and for many years afterwards lived in your country has offered to transmit this letter to you. I have grasped this opportunity joyfully for the revolutionary proletariat of America insofar as it is the enemy of American imperialism is destined to perform an important task at this time.

The history of modern civilized America opens with one of those really revolutionary wars of liberation of which there have been so few compared with the enormous number of wars of conquest that were caused, like the present imperialistic war, by squabbles among kings, landholders and capitalists over the division of ill gotten lands and profits. It was a war of the American people against the English who despoiled America of its resources and held in colonial subjection, just as their "civilized" descendants are draining the life blood of hundreds of millions of human beings in India, Egypt and all corners and ends of the world to keep them in subjection... Continue reading book >>

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