The Inheritence

This film was made in 1964 for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. The Inheritance shows what life was really like for immigrants and working Americans from the turn of the century through the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. This stirring history of the US shows their struggle to put down roots, form labour unions, survive wars, and finally, create a new and better life for themselves. The film explores a landscape largely unknown to the present generation – the dim sweatshops, coal mines and textile mills filled with children; the anxious years of the depression and labour’s bloody struggle for the right to organise; the battlefields of WW I and II; the seldom seen newsreel footage of the Memorial Day massacre at The Republic Steel strike in Chicago; the civil rights struggle – as every generation fights again to preserve and extend its freedoms. This is the film’s theme.

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by New Philosopher on April 1, 2014

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