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date: 08 December 2019

Sorge, Friedrich Adolphlocked

(09 November 1828–26 October 1906)
  • John Laslett


Sorge, Friedrich Adolph (09 November 1828–26 October 1906), political theorist and labor organizer, was born in Bethau bei Torgau, Saxony, the son of Georg Wilhelm Sorge, a pastor, and Hedwig Klothilde Lange. He fought alongside Friedrich Engels and other revolutionaries against the Prussian army in Baden in June 1849. Then, as a refugee in Geneva and London between 1849 and 1852, he came to know Wilhelm Liebknecht and other socialist pioneers, including Karl Marx himself. Unable to find work in London, he decided to emigrate to Australia, but due to illness was placed on the wrong ship and ended up in New York in June 1852. He soon moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he remained for the rest of his life, supporting himself as a music teacher. A few years after arriving in America, he married a young German immigrant named Mathilde (last name unknown), with whom he lived for more than fifty years. They had three children, only one of whom survived beyond childhood....

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