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Marx and Lincoln 15th October 2003 Donald Sassoon (October) put some good questions to Karl Marx, but the old gentleman seems to be suffering from forgetfulness. In listing Bismarck, Lincoln, Gladstone and Disraeli as his enemies, he overlooked his letter of congratulation to Lincoln on his re-election in 1864. The letter, written on behalf of the International Working Men’s Association, said: “The working men of Europe feel sure that, as the American war of independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American anti-slavery war will do for the working classes. They consider it an…

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