Black Capitalism

Think of your annotated bibliography as a prologue to your research essay. You may use
the same sources or more from your literature review as well as any sources from the
syllabus. You may also use anything that you wrote for your annotated bibliography for
your research paper. However, remember that you are not doing a summary for this
assignment. Instead, you are combining your skills of abridging others’ arguments and
close reading in order to argue your own thesis.
If you’re struggling, read through your literature review and consider what seems to be
‘missing’ or incomplete in the scholarly conversation. Your research essay ought to fill
in this gap by providing critiques of the sources you have encountered and moving
their arguments further or in different directions. Below is a list of possible research
essay topics relevant to our course; however, you should consider one of your own
before pulling from this list as forming your own argument based on what you think is
missing or insufficient in others’ work is exactly what academics are meant to do.

Word requirement: 1500 word min
.
Marxism is wrong because… Capitalism and the Music Industry
Marxism is right because… Judaism and Marxism
Capitalism and Social Media Christianity and Marxism
Capitalism and News Media Pink Capitalism [capitalism within LGBTQ

culture]
The Ideology of __ {community, piece
of media, platform}

Black Capitalism [capitalism within Black
culture]

Capitalism and the Boardgame called
Life

American Capitalism and Imperialism in
_ {region}

How Capitalism Affects __
{community, group of people or
animals, environment}

A Marxist Critique of _

Reading __ {song, music video, film,
novel, story, poem} as a Marxist
critique

How __ Reinforces
Capitalism/Exploitation

Capitalism and Gun Violence Marxism in __ {community, context}
Las Vegas and Capitalism

Not required for listening but do note that the following episodes from the RevLeft Radio podcast
are also relevant to the contemporary study of Marxism. Go to
https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com and search for the titles to find the free link to listen.
These, as well as episodes from podcasts like The Red Menace or Anticonquista, would count as
sources for your research paper.
• “Necrocapitalism: Plague, Ideology, & the Murderous Logic of Capital”
• “Challenging Capitalism: Envisioning a Socialist Workplace”
• “Paying Tribute to Radical Voices of Black Liberation”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: NYC Housing Justice and Fighting Cuomo”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: Rebel Steps and Rent Strikes!”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: Omaha Tenants United & Nebraska Left Coalition”
• “COVID-19, Contradictions, and the Dictatorship of Capital”
• “Nina Simone: The Revolutionary High Priestess of Soul”
• “Huey P. Newton Gun Club – Alpha Company: Self Defense and Community Organizing”
• “The Midwest Left Assembly”
• “Capitalist Chaos and Crimes: The Great Recession of 2008”
• “Redneck Revolt and the John Brown Gun Club”
• “Gender Abolition, Michel Foucault, and Marxism-Leninism”
• “Marxist Feminism: The Struggle Against Capitalist Patriarchal Hegemony”
• “Appalachia: Class Struggle in Coal Country”

Sample Solution

Black Capitalism

r annotated bibliography as a prologue to your research essay. You may use
the same sources or more from your literature review as well as any sources from the
syllabus. You may also use anything that you wrote for your annotated bibliography for
your research paper. However, remember that you are not doing a summary for this
assignment. Instead, you are combining your skills of abridging others’ arguments and
close reading in order to argue your own thesis.
If you’re struggling, read through your literature review and consider what seems to be
‘missing’ or incomplete in the scholarly conversation. Your research essay ought to fill
in this gap by providing critiques of the sources you have encountered and moving
their arguments further or in different directions. Below is a list of possible research
essay topics relevant to our course; however, you should consider one of your own
before pulling from this list as forming your own argument based on what you think is
missing or insufficient in others’ work is exactly what academics are meant to do.

Word requirement: 1500 word min
.
Marxism is wrong because… Capitalism and the Music Industry
Marxism is right because… Judaism and Marxism
Capitalism and Social Media Christianity and Marxism
Capitalism and News Media Pink Capitalism [capitalism within LGBTQ

culture]
The Ideology of __ {community, piece
of media, platform}

Black Capitalism [capitalism within Black
culture]

Capitalism and the Boardgame called
Life

American Capitalism and Imperialism in
_ {region}

How Capitalism Affects __
{community, group of people or
animals, environment}

A Marxist Critique of _

Reading __ {song, music video, film,
novel, story, poem} as a Marxist
critique

How __ Reinforces
Capitalism/Exploitation

Capitalism and Gun Violence Marxism in __ {community, context}
Las Vegas and Capitalism

Not required for listening but do note that the following episodes from the RevLeft Radio podcast
are also relevant to the contemporary study of Marxism. Go to
https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com and search for the titles to find the free link to listen.
These, as well as episodes from podcasts like The Red Menace or Anticonquista, would count as
sources for your research paper.
• “Necrocapitalism: Plague, Ideology, & the Murderous Logic of Capital”
• “Challenging Capitalism: Envisioning a Socialist Workplace”
• “Paying Tribute to Radical Voices of Black Liberation”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: NYC Housing Justice and Fighting Cuomo”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: Rebel Steps and Rent Strikes!”
• “Organizing in a Pandemic: Omaha Tenants United & Nebraska Left Coalition”
• “COVID-19, Contradictions, and the Dictatorship of Capital”
• “Nina Simone: The Revolutionary High Priestess of Soul”
• “Huey P. Newton Gun Club – Alpha Company: Self Defense and Community Organizing”
• “The Midwest Left Assembly”
• “Capitalist Chaos and Crimes: The Great Recession of 2008”
• “Redneck Revolt and the John Brown Gun Club”
• “Gender Abolition, Michel Foucault, and Marxism-Leninism”
• “Marxist Feminism: The Struggle Against Capitalist Patriarchal Hegemony”
• “Appalachia: Class Struggle in Coal Country”

Sample Solution