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)
Directed by Yale Strom.
Co-presented by The Burroughs Century.
Two Nights Only! Friday, March 29th at 5:30 at the Bishop. Paul Buhle will introduce the film on Friday. Professor Buhle is a Senior Lecturer at Brown University and the author or editor of 35 volumes, including histories of radicalism in the United States. He was one of the founding figures of the new Students for a Democratic Society, and more recently a leader of the Movement for a Democratic Society.
Second Screening Saturday, March 30th at 4pm at the IU Fine Arts Theater