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One Thing Leads to Another Karl Marx and Frederick Douglass although they wrote about distinct issues there are ties between Douglass infamous What to the Slave is The Fourth of July and from The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Marx Douglass and Marx are marking actual events that flooded the populations lives as well as their lives At first glance there is the assumption that they are non-related but further analysis will prove that hypothesis otherwise Douglass and Marx are writing revolutionary ideas for the times in which they live and for which the cultures in which they live They are writing in societies that have great rifts between rich and poor powerful and powerless Both Douglass and Marx were engaged in organizations to help promote their views on civil issues Douglass existed as a member of the Anti-Slavery Society and Marx was a member of the Communist League The issues promoted by the two were both discussing current issues in their lives more specifically class struggles Douglass talks about the division of slaves while Marx talks about the divided social classes Marx divided the social class into the Bourgeois and the Proletariat The Bourgeois were modern capitalists employers of wage laborers and the owners of means of production including work ethics and the physical instruments of production The Proletariat were the class of the modern wage-laborers They dont have their own means of production and therefore they must sell their own labor to survive This is just the same as Douglass discusses the slaves and tyrants Marx took Hegels theory that presents history as a process in which the world becomes conscious of itself as spirit With that Marx argued that as a man becomes conscious of himself as spirit the material world causes him to feel increasingly alienated from himself Escape from this alienation requires a revolution This refers to What to the Slave is the Fourth of July and how
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