The Spark presents "In Hostile Camps or Fighting as One Class?"



111 E. Kirby

Important Venue Notes

111 E. Kirby at John R. by the Detroit Institute of Arts, near Wayne State University in Detroit. Parking: free lot next door on Kirby. Donation: $5.00, $2.00 under 18.



U.S. capitalism developed in a territory blessed with productive land and a vast amount of raw materials. What it did not have was labor power--people to do the work. For most of its history, American capital filled that hole with slaves, tens of millions of people robbed from Africa. When it could no longer get enough slaves, capital turned to immigrants to fill its workplaces. Tens of millions more people, billions in profit. Dumped into a strange land, they had no choice but to work for low pay, under terrible conditions. And capital used them as a battering ram to keep down the wages and conditions of other workers. Generation after generation, the working class often found itself divided into hostile camps: native born versus recent immigrants -- with black workers usually kept on the lowest rungs of the ladder. But there were times when workers fought their way out of these divisions, times we never hear about. These are the times we need to build on.