American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Poster for American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him? “American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs” is the culmination of five years of research and production. Its inspiration was the use of the word “socialist” as a political epithet, and director Yale Strom wanted to define and contextualize the term. Most people in America do not know that the contemporary political movement to address income inequality began over 100 years ago with Eugene Victor Debs. This film traces the history of American populism, with the man who inspired progressive ideas - from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. This is an objective but passionate history of the movement as championed and founded by Eugene Victor Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our daily lives today.

90 minutes
Yale Strom

Shown at

  1. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Fight The Power

    Yale Strom takes on the socialist provocateur Eugene Debs.

    Essentially, Strom is saying, Debs lived by a code not dissimilar to one evoked by Rabbi Avraham Kook, the first Ashkenazic chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, and quoted elsewhere in Strom’s e-mail.

    “As Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook once said, ‘I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent.’”

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