In this informal talk given at the Taos Film Festival, Zinn turns his attention to Hollywood, the stories it tells, and the ones it doesn’t. He tells the stories of wars from the point of view of disillusioned deserters, of the differences between All Quiet on the Western Front and Saving Private Ryan, of railroad strikes and the Haymarket Affair, Eugene Debs and the real story of Helen Keller, socialist and anti-war agitator. Mother Jones leads a march of 11 and 12-year-old textile workers from Pennsylvania to Roosevelt’s vacation home in Oyster Bay to demand better working conditions in the textile mills then at age 85 is thrown in jail for leading the Colorado Coal strike of 1913–14. A spellbinding and provocative talk. [Publisher’s description.]

Produced by David Barsamian. Recorded Apr. 17, 1999 at Taos Talking Film Festival. Released by AK Press, 2001.


1) Stripping Deceit
2) Accidents Will Happen
3) Revolution in the Revolution
4) Why War?
5) San Patricio Battalion
6) Changing Mt. Rushmore
7) Saying No to War
8) Textile Girls
9) Mother Jones on Strike
10) Ethnic Cleansing in America
11) Is There Time for a Populist Rebellion?

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