Professor to Speak at East Side Freedom Library
On Thursday, November 30, Assistant Professor Nathaniel Mills will speak about his latest book Ragged Revolutionaries: The Lumpenproletariat and African American Marxism in Depression-Era Literature (University of Massachusetts Press). In Marxism, the concept of the lumpenproletariat refers to the masses in rags, social outsiders, drifters, and criminals; they are considered to be of little or no use politically. Mills instead argues that, in the writings of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Margaret Walker, hobos, criminals, and other individuals who fall out of the proletariat into the social margins furnish material for thinking through resistance to the exploitations of capitalism, patriarchy, and Jim Crow. "Ragged Revolutionaries: A Book Discussion" will take place at 7 pm at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.