Paul Lafargue

Paul Lafargue

Male 1842 - 1911  (68 years)    Has one ancestor and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Paul Lafargue 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 15 Jan 1842  Santiago de Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1911 
    Person ID I451168  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2007 

    Father Francois Lafargue,   d. 1870 
    Family ID F179029  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Marx,   b. 26 Sep 1845, Bruxelles, B Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1911, Draveil Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 2 Apr 1868  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Étienne Lafargue,   b. 1868,   d. 1872  (Age 4 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2003 
    Family ID F178917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Apr 1868 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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    Paul Lafargue
    Paul Lafargue

  • Notes 
    • He moved with his family to France as a young boy where he studied medicine and first became involved in politics as a follower of Proudhon. It was while a representative of the French working class movement to the First International he became friendly with Marx and Engels and changed his views to those of Marx. Married in 1868 to Laura Marx, Marx's second daughter, the Lafargue's began several decades of political work together, financially supported by Engels.
      Paul was one of the founders of the Marxist wing of the French Workers Party. From 1861 took part in the republican movement. In 1870-71 he carried on organisational and agitational work in Paris and Bordeaux; after the fall of the Commune he fled to Spain where he fought for the line of the General Council; they then settled in London. After the bloody May Day in Fourmis (1891) he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment. Lafargue fought against reformism and Millerandism and was an advocate of women's rights.
      Lafargue was an influential speaker and wrote numerous works on revolutionary Marxism, including the humorous and well-known, "The Right to Be Lazy" and "Evolution and Property". By age 70, in 1911, the elderly couple commit suicide together, having decided they had nothing left to give to the movement to which they devoted their lives.


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