Friedrich Engels

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On November 28th, 1820, a man by the name of Friedrich Engels was born in Prussia, Barmen. As the eldest son of Elisabeth and Friedrich Engels, a German industrialist, Engels became a well-known German revolutionist and social theorist. After attending a Barmen elementary school, Friedrich entered Elberfield at 14, and left a few years later. After leaving Elberfield, Engels didn’t have any further schooling. Friedrich then became a business apprentice in Barmen and Barmen under pressure from his father. At age 20, he rebelled against his fathers’ pressure to continue this work in which he called a “dog’s life”. Although he was forced into business again soon afterwards, Engels became an enemy of capitalism and organized religion. After some free lance journalism while completing his one year military service located in Berlin, Engels went to Manchester, England to work in a spinning factory of Engels and Ermens, which at that time his father was a partner of. There he observed capitalism’s operations and effects on the workers. After leaving Manchester in August 1844 to head home to Germany, Engels stopped in Paris where he then met Karl Marx for the second time. Discovering that Engels and Marx had nearly the same opinion on everything, they decided to make a collaboration of their writing. The next several years, he participated in several activities and fought in the 1849 revolutionary in Baden and the Palatinate. After the defeat, Engels went off to Switzerland. Not long after, in October, he sailed to England using the sea route via Genoa. Sometime in November 1850, Engels found himself struggling to make a living being a writer in London and supporting Marx, a good friend of his who he found to be struggling with money a bit more. After his fathers’ death in 1864, he became a partner in the firm. After 5 years, he felt he had enough income to support himself and provide his dear friend with a regular annuity. On July 1, 1869,


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