Archives of Marxist-Humanism
Selected writings and talks by Raya Dunayevskaya
and other Marxist-Humanist writings
The full archive of Dunayevskaya’s works, The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection–some 17,000 pages in addition to her books, audios and videos–is housed in Wayne State University’s Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit, MI 48202. The Guide to the Collection is available here, and the papers are on sale on microfilm from Wayne State.
Dunayevskaya’s books are not digitized; they are available for purchase through our Literature page, along with some of her pamphlets and some writings by others.
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Writings by Raya Dunayevskaya
An Analysis of Russian Economy (1942-43)
Marxism and Black Liberation (1944)
Negroes in the Revolution (1944)
Abstract of Com. Coolidge’s Document on the Negro Question (1946)
Unpublished typed notes by Dunayevskaya (“F. Forest”) in preparation for a May 1946 Workers Party debate with David Coolidge; pp. 296-310 of the Raya Dunayevskaya Collection.
The Nature of the Russian Economy (2 parts, 1946-47)
On Women in the Post-War World and the Old Radicals (1951, unpublished until 1970)
Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes, May 12 and 20, 1953
These letters to her co-leaders in the Johnson-Forest Tendency were later considered by Dunayevskaya to be her “philosophic moment.” They were first published by her in 1955, with the introductory note here. Also here is the response from “H” (Grace Lee [Boggs]), a co-leader along with “Johnson” (C.L.R. James). The original is in The Supplement to The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection at page 1797.
Translation of Marx’s 1844 essays, “Private Property & Communism” and “Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic” (1958)
Dunayevskaya’s translation, the first published in English ever. An appendix to her first book (1958), Marxism and Freedom, From 1776 Until Now.
Translations of Excerpts from Lenin’s “Abstract of Hegel’s Science of Logic” (1958)
Dunayevskaya’s translation, an appendix to her first book (1958), Marxism and Freedom, From 1776 Until Now.
Draft Resolution on War and Peace (1960)
The original is in The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection at page 2750.
American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard (1963)
1983 expanded edition with new essay by Dunayevskaya and appendix by Charles Denby.
The Free Speech Movement and the Negro Revolution (1965)
Includes Dunayevskaya’s Essay “The Theory of Alienation: Marx’s Debt to Hegel” and an article by Mario Savio
State-Capitalism and Marx’s Humanism, or Philosophy and Revolution (1967)
Includes Analysis of Rosa Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital from 1946.
Czechoslovakia: Revolution and Counter Revolution by Raya Dunayevskaya, Ivan Svitak, and X (1968)
The Black-Red Conference (1969)
On January 12, 1969, Dunayevskaya held a conference of African-American Marxist-Humanists and friends in order to discuss with them her work-in-progress, the book Philosophy and Revolution
Women as Thinkers and as Revolutionaries (1976)
Published in Working Women for Freedom
Post-Mao China: What Now? (1976)
Today’s Epigones Who Try to Truncate Marx’s Capital (1977).
Published in the pamphlet “Marx’s Capital and Today’s Global Crisis”
Tony Cliff Reduces Lenin’s Theory to “Uncanny Intuition” (1978)
Published in the pamphlet Marx’s Capital and Today’s Global Crisis
The Two Russian Revolutions (1979)
Today and Tomorrow (1980)
Summation by Raya Dunayevskaya Following Discussion of Perspectives (1981)
Summation after her “Perspectives” report at annual organizational meetings.
Marxist-Humanism: The Summation That is a New Beginning, Subjectively and Objectively (1983)
As published posthumously in The Power of Negativity. The original is in The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection at page 7639.
Introduction and Overview to Women’s Liberation and the Dialectics of Revolution (1984)
Marx’s “New Humanism” and the Dialectics of Women’s Liberation in Primitive and Modern Societies (1984)
Reprinted from Praxis International Vol. 3 No. 4 – January 1984
The Coal Miners’ General Strike of 1949-50 and the Birth of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S. (1984)
By Andy Phillips and Raya Dunayevskaya
The Trail to the 1980s from the 1880s: Marx’s New Moments and Those in Our Age (1986)
Lecture in a series on Current World Events and the Dialectical Method.
The Myriad Global Crises of the 1980s and the Nuclear World since World War II (1986)
Includes Dunayevskya’s summary of 30 years of the newspaper.
On an Exchange of Correspondence Between Raya Dunayevskaya and Non-Marxist Hegelian Scholars (1986-7)
Two letters to non-Marxist Hegelian scholars, and letter to organization discussing them.
The Year of Only 8 Months (1987)
Report to expanded Resident Editorial Board meeting.
Talking to Myself, Jan. 21, 1987
As published posthumously in The Power of Negativity. The original is in The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection at page 10848.
Whither China? (1987)
Presentation on the Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy (1987)
As published posthumously in The Power of Negativity. The original is in The Supplement to The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection at page 10737.
A Post-World War II View of Marx’s Humanism, 1843-83; Marxist Humanism in the 1950s and 1980s (1987)
Published in Praxis International 8, October 1988
Talks by Raya Dunayevskaya
Current World Events and Dialectical Method
Lecture on current events, from the Challenger space mission explosion and Marx’s critique of science, to Gorbachev’s “reform” of the Communist Party, to the state of Black America under Reaganism. Delivered February 16, 1986, in Chicago, IL.
Youth of the 1980s, Youth of the 1960s: the Other America and the Idea of Freedom
Lecture delivered April 13, 1987 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Sponsored by the departments of Sociology, Philosophy, and History, with The John Lennon Society & Women’s Studies.
Other Marxist-Humanist Writings
Workers Battle Automation by Charles Denby (1960)
Freedom Riders Speak for Themselves by Mary Hamilton, Louise Inghram, and others (1961)
The Maryland Freedom Union: Black Working Women Doing and Thinking by Mike Flug (1966)
Working Women For Freedom (1976)
By Angela Terran, Marie Dignan, and Mary Holmes
Marx’s Struggle against Defamation: 150th Anniv. tribute to “Herr Vogt” by Andrew Kliman (2010)
More writings will be added to this page, so please check back.