By Butch Lee
Published by Kersplebedeb in 2015, 168 pages. Paperback (N7614)
Brand New Book
This book contains two essays by Butch Lee. In the first, he recounts the life and politics of Harriet Tubman, who waged and eventually led the war against the capitalist slave system. As Lee explains: "Harriet Tubman was a radical political figure, someone totally involved as a player in the great political ideas and military storms of her day. She was a guerrilla. Someone who lived and taught others to live by the communal and working-class New Afrikan culture that her people had planted in this difficult ground, and a Black Feminist to the end". In the second essay, the author shows how new Afrikan women's labor and resistance remained central to how the global class struggle played out in the United States after the Civil War came to an end, and details how these women's attempts to withdraw from and evade capitalist colonialism fuelled an unofficial but massive labour strike that threw the capitalists North and South into a panic....
Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage.