Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968). The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
Address to President Lincoln
The International Workingmens Association
(Drafted by Karl Marx)
WHEN an oligarchy of three hundred thousand slaveholders, for the first time in the annals of the world, dared to inscribe Slavery on the banner of armed revolt; when on the very spot where hardly a century ago the idea of one great democratic republic had first sprung up, whence the first declaration of the Rights of Man was issued, and the first impulse given to the European revolution of the eighteenth century, when on that very spot the counter-revolution cynically proclaimed property in man to be the corner-stone of the new edificethen the working classes of Europe understood at once that the slaveholders rebellion was to sound the tocsin for a general holy war of property against labor; and that for the men of labor, with their hopes for the future, even their past conquests were at stake in that tremendous conflict on the other side of the Atlantic.