June 03, 2017

The Documentary Film & Discussion Series

Documentary Film & Discussion Series

The Documentary Film & Discussion Series meets at the Ashland Library, Community Room, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00–9:00 pm. The moderated discussions are often lively and thought provoking. All points of view are welcome. Admission is free. The films are sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library. For more information, call the library at 508-881-0134, or visit

Resistance and Repression: Origins of U.S. Capitalism, July 13

The film, “Resistance and Repression: Origins of U.S. Capitalism,” views the birth of the Republic not as an idealized achievement of gifted minds and great men but rather as a history of repression and resistance between the propertied classes and the property-less workers and laborers.

Beginning just after the civil war, this documentary examines the bitter, violent struggle between working people and owners of capital. The film includes the role of race before, during and after Reconstruction and examines Irish slavery and immigration. Shay’s Rebellion in Western Massachusetts was about civil war veterans who could not afford the taxes levied against them. Owners of property feared the rebellion would spread, and indeed it did to Rhode Island, Virginia and elsewhere. A federal militia was formed to crush the rebellion. The film covers the 1877 railroad insurrection and the rise of socialism and anarchism as workers sought to implement systems of production controlled by workers for the benefit of workers.

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