Bernie Sanders inspired a generation — but who inspired him?
Most people in America don’t know that the contemporary political movement to address income inequality began over 100 years ago with Eugene Victor Debs. American Socialist traces the history of American populism with the man who inspired progressive ideas – from FDR’s New Deal to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, who learned the hard way that free markets and good faith don’t mix. (97 min)