"Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!"
-Karl Marx




  • Born on May 5, 1818 in Trier Germany
  • Middle-class, family converted to Protestant religion to escape anti-Semitism
  • Attended the Univeristy of Berlin. studied law and philosophy.
  • attemded socialist meetings
  • scared of arrest, he and future wife moved to Paris
  • wrote about terrible conditions of working class
  • moved around more, eventually returned to Brussels
  • Wrote The Communist Manifesto, plan of rebellion against government (1848)
  • exhiled from Germany
  • Spent most of his life in exile because he was wanted by the Prussian police.
  • Died March 14, 1883 in North London
  • People listened to theories in Communist Manifesto and Russian revolution began

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  • Invented the idea of Communism
  • "Workers Unite" & take over government.
  • Died before he saw the result of his actions.

Old Major
  • Planted first seed of all animals equal, a nimalism (communism).
  • Over throw Mr. Jones (government).
  • Died before he saw the result of his actions.


  • Karl Marx - disagreed with capitalism's idea of minority of people holding the majority of power
  • Old Major - "The rest [chickens eggs] have all gone to the market to bring in the money for Jones and his men"(29). -animals only live to serve the higher power, Mr. Jones
  • Karl Marx believed everyone should receive equal amounts of goods
  • Old Major - "all animals are equal"(32).
  • Bolsheviks revolted after Karl Marx death, never got to see the communist revolution he created.
  • Animals took over Mr. Jones farm and started Animalism after Old Major spoke about his dream and died shortly after.
  • "...they saw clearly that it was their duty to prepare for [the rebellion]"(35).

"...mankind must first of all eat, drink,have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.".

-Karl Marx


Work Cited
Kreis, S. (2000, January 30). Karl Marx: 1818-1883. Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/marx.html
Simkin, J. (n.d.). Karl Marx. Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUmarx.htm
Kemerling, G. (2006, August 9). Karl Marx (1818-1883). Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/marx.htm
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