Departure of Editor Karl Marx from Cologne

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Author(s) Karl Marx
Written 22 May 1849


First published in the Neue Kölnische Zeitung n°116, May 22, 1849
Published in English for the first time in Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 9
Collection(s): Neue Kölnische Zeitung
Keywords : Cologne, Emigration

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Cologne. Yesterday morning Herr Karl Marx, the former editor-inchief of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, accompanied by some of the other editors, left Cologne and went to the region of the Upper Rhine; his activity there will be as successful as it has been here.

Note of the editor :

Immediately after the suppression of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, Marx and Engels went to Frankfurt am Main and then to insurgent Baden and the Palatinate. However, they failed in their attempts to convince the Left deputies of the Frankfurt Assembly and members of the provisional governments of Baden and the Palatinate of the need to give the movement an all-German character, to mount a resolute offensive, to bring the Assembly openly to join the uprising, to compel it to call upon the people everywhere to take up arms, set up an energetic executive power and carry out radical agrarian and other reforms. Their bold revolutionary plan was turned down by the representatives of petty-bourgeois democrats. From Bingen, Marx decided to go to France where new revolutionary events were expected, intending to establish closer ties between the German democrats and the revolutionary circles in Paris. For his part, Engels thought it expedient to return to the Palatinate and join personally the forthcoming struggle against the counter-revolutionary troops that were then concentrating.