The documentary AMERICAN REDS provides a historical overview of 20th century Communism and the growth, decline and contemporary relevance of the Communist Party, USA (CPUSA). Since its founding in 1919, the CPUSA has championed the struggles for democracy, labor rights, women's equality, and racial justice. During its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, it attracted millions of Americans to support its causes and almost 100,000 men and women to enlist in its ranks. The film begins with the Party's emergence as a small militant sect in the 1920s and documents its rise to the foremost radical group in the United States during the Great Depression, fighting against racism, sexism and fascism, as well as for the rights of workers to organize. It ends with the decline of the Party during the Cold War under the assaults of the FBI and anti-communist crusades. Through powerful and compelling personal stories told by current and former members of the Party, along with commentary from historians and academics, AMERICAN REDS explores the organization's complex and contradictory efforts to realize its vision of creating a radiant society based on freedom, equality, justice and fraternity.
American Reds is the first documentary to comprehensively examine the history and the contemporary relevance of the Communist Party USA. Weaving powerful and compelling personal stories told by American Communists with objective historical sources and analysis, American Reds” illuminates the epic story of the efforts of the American Communist Party to realize their vision of creating an alternative America founded on socialist ideals. The story of American Reds is one of vision and blindness.
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